It certainly didn’t take long for new Virginia Tech AD Whit Babcock to fill the vacant men’s basketball head coaching spot. New Hokies head coach Buzz Williams has also been quick to hit the recruiting trail and reaching out to Virginia Tech’s existing class of 2014.
Montverde Academy (FL) senior shooting guard Justin Bibbs, the most heralded of three recruits who signed letters of intent with the then James Johnson-led Hokies last November, offered his initial reaction to the Williams hire.
“I like the hiring of Coach Buzz Williams,” Bibbs wrote in a text message. “It’s a good step going forward in the right direction.”
Bibbs’ initial impression is a good one, but the 6’5″, 180-pound senior has not made a final decision regarding his college future. In order to explore other schools, though, Bibbs would need to ask for and be granted a release from the letter of intent he signed.
“I haven’t made a clear definite decision,” Bibbs wrote.
“I have to meet [Williams] to make my final decision. It’s only fair. I know his status and his winning record but I have to get that relationship and see what his plans are for me.”
Bibbs has not met directly with Williams, but the two have spoken over the phone.
“He wants to gain a relationship with me. Trying to arrange a meeting with me,” Bibbs wrote when asked what Williams’ message was to him. “He said he sees me coming in and making a immediate impact.”
In addition to considering his college future, Bibbs is also preparing for the 2014 Dick’s National High School Tournament, which takes place April 3-5 and will be televised by the ESPN family of networks. Top ranked Montverde headlines the field of eight and will take on Sagemont High School (FL) in the first round. The game, which takes place on April 3, will be televised live on ESPNU beginning at 6 pm.
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