Five Questions For Rev. Zeke

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In Wednesday, the first day of Division 1 Men’s Basketball’s Early Signing Period, Virginia Tech announced the signing of Hargrave Military Academy forward Montrezl Harrell and Rustburg (VA) forward Marshall Wood. TSL basketball recruiting expert Rev. Zeke Vodka took some time to answer five questions, discussing the talents of these two prospects, what fans can expect out of them next season, and whether or not Virginia Tech is completely finished in the 2012 class.

Harrell, listed on Tech’s official site at 6’8″ but closer to 6’7″ according to Zeke, is the higher rated of the two prospects. ESPN.com, Rivals.com and Scout.com rank the Tarboro (N.C.) native as a 4-star prospect. All three include him in the top 100 prospects in the nation with Scout ranking him the highest at no. 68 overall. Harrell averaged 16 points, 12 rebounds, and over six blocks per game while playing for North Edgecombe H.S. in 2010/2011.

The 6’8″, 210-pound Wood is rated a 3-star prospect by all three aforementioned sites. He averaged almost 20 points and over 10 rebounds per game last season as a junior.

Five Questions for Rev. Zeke

TechSideline.com: What can Virginia Tech fans expect out of these two in terms of contributions early on in their careers?

Rev. Zeke Vodka: I think both Harrell and Wood’s contributions as freshmen will be shaped by other collateral factors that don’t involve them. Namely, the J.T. Thompson question. When both Harrell and Wood were recruited, it was with the expectation that Thompson would have played his senior year at Virginia Tech and moved on, leaving only rising sophomore C.J. Barksdale as the lone true four-man in the program when both Harrell and Wood would be freshmen. However, with this Thompson news, there is a variable that we don’t know the answer to at this time, and that will indeed greatly impact what minutes might be available to Harrell and Wood initially. IF Thompson were to return, then that would mean a one-year stocking at the four position. That could also afford you an opportunity to red-shirt

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