Scouting Report: Dorian Finney-Smith

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Virginia Tech received a major basketball commitment last week from Dorian
Finney-Smith
, a 6-7 wing from Portsmouth, VA. Finney-Smith is one of the
highest-rated recruits to ever verbal to the Hokies, perhaps the highest,
depending on which scout you ask.

Today, basketball recruiting expert Rev. Zeke Vodka shares his thoughts on
Finney-Smith. Finney-Smith joins a class that features Danville, VA power
forward C.J. Barksdale, North Carolina point guard Marquis Rankin and Florida
wing Robert Brown.

Rev. Zeke Vodka’s Scouting Report

Dorian Finney-Smith was recruited to Virginia Tech to play a wing position,
along with Robert Brown. His experience playing wing in high school and AAU ball
has not been extensive, at least to this point. In fact, I feel that he is
probably still a touch better right now as a “four” than he is playing
a wing position.

His strength right now is without question his rebounding ability. He is very
long, and chases down balls on the offensive glass extremely well with excellent
timing. He reminds me in fact of Ace Custis in that regard. Custis was only 6-7
and he wasn’t a high-riser, or gifted with extreme athleticism. What Custis had
though were terrific hands, outstanding timing and instincts on the glass, and
he hunted a very high degree of rebounds. Just like I
see with Finney-Smith.

But at the same time I do think Finney-Smith’s best college position will
eventually be at the wing, even if it might not be right at this moment.
“Doe Doe” is a very sound passer and quite an unselfish one at that.
He sees the floor very well for someone that doesn’t have an extensive resume
playing away from the basket. He is a sound passer in transition and can
make passes off the dribble on the dead run in transition, another area that
belies his limited wing experience. He has some long-term possibilities
even as a point forward because his handle is adequate enough,

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