Shooting guard Justin Bibbs, who on Monday announced that he had verbally committed to Virginia Tech, is happy to have the recruiting process behind him so he can focus on his senior season at Montverde Academy (Montverde, FL).
“Man, it feels amazing just knowing where I’m going to school,” Bibbs said in a phone interview with TSL last night. “It’s a load off my shoulders.”
Bibbs also considered offers from Cincinnati, Dayton, Iowa, Minnesota, and Xavier. The 6’5″, 190-pound prospect’s decision ultimately came down to two.
“Virginia Tech and Xavier were the two frontrunners,” said Bibbs, who is actually a native of Dayton (OH). “I had to do a lot of thinking on what I want to do. It was really hard, but I had to sleep on it and talk to my mom and dad. I had to write everything out, write down what I liked about Xavier and what I liked about Virginia Tech. Finally, Virginia Tech became the choice.”
Shortly before heading off to Montverde Academy for the start of his senior year, Bibbs took an unofficial visit to Blacksburg. As you might expect given his decision, the experience was a good one.
“I fell in love with the campus,” Bibbs said. “The students were on campus. I went to a cafeteria to eat and I got to be with the students a little bit, to be around it. I love how everybody in town loves the school and goes to the games. I met the staff and the teachers. I didn’t meet the academic coordinator for men’s basketball, but I met everybody else on the team. Actually, when I went down, I ate with the coaches and the team. The team all had classes and exams, so they weren’t there for a long time, but they all seemed cool. Most importantly, they all seemed together. Coach Johnson said it was a nice team and they were together, and I felt that. I liked how Coach Johnson treated his players and his staff. You have to work for everything with him. That was key for me. And being in the ACC, playing against top players at Duke and other schools, it’s a dream come true.”
Bibbs’ recruitment took off in the spring and summer of 2013, when he suited up for the Ohio Basketball Club on the AAU circuit. Virginia Tech’s pursuit kicked into high gear in July.
“Coach Andy Moore was the one who recruited me first,” Bibbs recalled. “He saw me in Indianapolis (July 10-14). He told Coach Johnson about me. The last game at Indianapolis,...
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