Erick Green’s departure leaves a gaping hole at point guard for Virginia Tech next season. The newest candidate to help fill the void is Malik Mueller , who verbally committed to the Hokies on Valentine’s Day and will be a true freshman this coming season.
“Due to the fact that Erick Green is leaving, I just expect to earn some more playing time and with that to help the team more,” Mueller wrote in an e-mail interview. “And I expect to be ready from the first game I step on the court. I want to be ready from day one. Right now I would say there is still a lot to do (especially in the athletic section), but as soon I get this done I am going to be ready. Mentally, I am already ready to play for the Hokies.”
Other point guard options for the Hokies next season include 6’1″, 170-pound rising junior Marquis Rankin, 6’4″, 185-pound incoming freshman Donte Clark , and possibly 6’1″, 170-pound sophomore transfer Adam Smith. At 6’3″, 230 pounds (Mueller says he is 6’4″ in shoes), Mueller presents a bigger, more physical option at the point.
“I would say I’ve got the right mixture between being a point guard who can set up the team in offense and lead, and I can and want to be a good scorer for my team,” Mueller wrote.
“I prefer the up-tempo game style, but I can and like to play any style of basketball. That was one of the main reasons I’ve decided to commit to VT, because I like the way Coach Johnson lets the team play.”
Mueller, who attends the Urspring School in Ulm, Germany, made a name for himself in the United States when he earned MVP honors in the 2010 Jordan Brand Classic International Game. The future Hokie scored 21 points on 8-of-15 shooting, including 4-of-6 from beyond the arc. He also had five rebounds, three steals, two assists, two blocks, and only one turnover in the event, in which he played against current UNLV freshman standout power forward Anthony Bennett and Akron Zips freshman point guard Carmelo Betancourt.
DraftExpress.com had the following write-up on Mueller’s JBC performance:
“The MVP of the game was German combo guard Malik Muller, an extremely strong, long and fairly athletic player...
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