Versatile Forward Commits To Virginia Tech

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Virginia Tech men’s basketball has scored its second verbal commitment of the 2012 class. Head coach Seth Greenberg stayed in-state for this latest commitment, 6’8″, 210-pound Rustburg High School (VA) forward Marshall Wood , who joins Tarboro (N.C.) native Montrezl Harrell in Tech’s 2012 class.

“He talked to Coach Greenberg this morning and gave a verbal commitment,” Rustburg head coach Brantley Shields said of Wood, who will sign a letter of intent with the Hokies next month during men’s basketball’s Early Signing Period.

Clemson, Michigan, Richmond, Vanderbilt, Virginia and VCU also offered Wood, who saw his recruitment flourish this past spring. The final decision came down to three in-state schools.

“Richmond, VCU and Tech were kind of the final three,” Shields said. “He took an official visit to VCU this past weekend. Yesterday, he kind of felt like he was ready to make a decision. He went through the process. Virginia Tech was where he felt most comfortable. He felt that was the best fit.”

Virginia Tech was one of the first schools to start recruiting Wood, who has been to Blacksburg several times on unofficial visits. He also made an official visit the weekend of October 8.

“He’s actually good friends with Logan Thomas,” Shields said. “He went on an official visit the weekend of October 8. He went on an unofficial for the Clemson game, and he actually stayed with Logan that night. He felt at home at Virginia Tech.”

Wood averaged 19.5 points, 10.5 rebounds, and approximately three blocked shots per game last season as a junior. Coach Shields describes the standout senior as a versatile prospect with ability to play inside or out.

“He’s 6’8″ and he is really long. He has a 7’1 1/2″ wing span. He’s really athletic and he can really shoot the ball,” Shields said. “He can block shots. He can handle, but he needs to get better there. He plays inside and outside for us. He’s a stretch 4 for us. He can pick and pop. Just to give you a visual, the [Tech] coaches believe he is a mixture of A.D. Vassallo and Deron Washington. They think he can do a lot of different things for them. He’s really