Quick Take with Dave Telep

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Today is the beginning of the Early Signing Period for Division 1 men’s basketball. By next Wednesday, which is when the period ends, Cannon School (Concord, N.C.) guard/forward Tyrone Garland are expected to sign letters of intent with the Hokies. Scout.com National Basketball Recruiting Director Dave Telep took some time to discuss Tech’s class.

Scout.com rates the 6-7, 215-pound Eddie as a 4-star prospect and the 77th prospect in the nation. He is rated the 15th overall small forward. Scout ranks Garland as a 3-star prospect and the #26 point guard in the country.


TSL: What are your evaluations of Jarell Eddie and Ty Garland?

Dave Telep: “I think Jarell Eddie is that midrange guy you can plug in and get rebounding and midrange production. With Ty Garland, there is a certain kind of guy Seth Greenberg excels with; a guy who plays with a chip on his shoulder. He may not be a Top 100 guy, but he just has a chip on his shoulder. Seth Greenberg is as good as anybody at taking a guy like that and turning it into production. I think Garland is that type of guy. I think Ty could play both guard positions. He is a Philly kid. I’m not sure where Seth claims to be from these days, because he seemingly has roots in every corner of the country, but I imagine he identifies with Philly kids.”

TSL: Recruits – and specifically Jarell Eddie in this class – talk about how involved Seth Greenberg is in the recruiting process. What makes him stand out so much as a recruiter?

Dave Telep: “Unless you’re Duke and North Carolina in the ACC, you have to be a grinder. I’m not sure how many more head coaches have a passion for recruiting like Seth Greenberg. He shows tremendous ownership of his program. He gets after it. To compete on the level they do in Blacksburg and have the success they’ve had there, it takes a sustained recruiting effort. Seth is a distinguished worker.”

TSL: Which prospect do you feel has the best chance of contributing early?

Dave Telep: “If Jarell rolls up his sleeves and can do