The Virginia Tech men’s basketball program has scored its second verbal commitment in the class of 2013. Hargrave Military Academy (Chatham, VA) senior guard Donte Clark is Tech’s latest commitment, pledging to head coach James Johnson while in Blacksburg this past weekend.
Clark, a 6’4″ guard, felt comfortable with the Hokies’ first year head coach.
“I pretty much knew going in I was going to commit,” said Clark, who was at Tech on an official visit from Friday through Sunday. “I knew Coach Johnson before he became head coach. He always had a different approach. Most coaches kind of push you, but he was more calm about everything.”
Johnson “was definitely excited” by the decision, Clark said with a laugh.
Virginia Tech scored a commitment from 6’11” center Trevor Thompson earlier this month. While Thompson obviously adds to the frontcourt depth, Clark, a player ESPN.com and Rivals.com consider a 4-star prospect, helps to bolster the backcourt.
“‘[Virginia Tech’s coaches] are recruiting me to play point guard mostly, but I may play a little bit at the two,” said Clark, ESPN.com’s no. 86 overall player in the nation in the class of 2013. He chose Tech over offers from Central Florida, Charlotte, Clemson, Georgia, Memphis, Miami and Tennessee.
Clark discussed his game, offering a glimpse of what Tech fans can expect to see in the coming years. As a junior last season at Kennedy Charter Public School (Charlotte, N.C.), the standout guard averaged 15.6 points, 4.2 assists, 3.6 rebounds and 1.2 steals per game.
“I play hard all the time. I’m a good defensive player. And I can make things happen offensively. I can [score from the outside and by driving to the basket],” said Clark.
As mentioned earlier, Virginia Tech has two commitments in its class of 2013. There is certainly room for more, as right now the Hokies currently project to have only 10 players on scholarship in the 2013/2014 season. The 2013 season will include two seniors (Jarell Eddie (SF) and Cadarian Raines (PF/C)), four juniors (C.J. Barksdale (PF), Robert Brown (SG), Marquis Rankin (PG) and Adam Smith (G)), two sophomores (Marshall Wood (F) and Joey van Zegeren (PF/C)), and the two class of 2013 recruits.
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