Critical Spring for Basketball Recruiting

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Virginia Tech is attempting to put the finishing touches on their 2012 basketball recruiting class.  With the spring signing period coming up in April, the Hokies are scrambling to find another couple of prospects to fill out their class.

There are some things to like about the 2012 class.  And so far, there are some things to not like about it.  Also, here’s something that hasn’t drawn a lot of discussion: guard recruiting, and why it is seriously handicapping the program.

Wood and Harrell

Virginia Tech signed two players for the 2012 class back in November: Marshall Wood and Montrezl Harrell .  Both players have their supporters and detractors, even amongst our sources.  I know of two scouts who have two completely different opinions.  One is a big fan of Harrell and thinks he’ll start next year, but he doesn’t think much of Marshall Wood .  The other thinks Wood is underrated, while Harrell is overrated.

That’s the world of basketball recruiting.  We won’t really know about either guy until we get them in school.

Montrezl Harrell : I think it’s fair to describe Harrell as a more athletic J.T. Thompson.  Harrell has great length, he’s a very strong player, and he throws down some thunderous dunks.  He has great arm reach, which helps make up for his lack of height (listed at 6-8, but closer to 6-7 right now).  He’s also a pretty raw offensive player at this stage.  Although he puts up big numbers for Hargrave, many points are off easy dunks and offensive rebounds, points that he won’t be able to get as often in college.  Harrell had offers from Clemson, Wake Forest, Miami and South Carolina … the typical schools that the Hokies recruit against.

Marshall Wood : At 6-8, Marshall Wood is a combo forward who is a very nice outside shooter.  In fact, he has an offer list from schools that like outside shooting from their bigs: VCU, Michigan, and Richmond.  He also had offers from Clemson, Wake Forest and Vanderbilt, according to  Will Wood play the 3 or 4 at Virginia Tech?  His game is