Friday Q&A: April 18, 2014

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Buzz Williams greets Tech students.


1: Who is Buzz likely to sign in the next month?

Chris Coleman: Basketball recruiting at this stage of the year is very fluid. There are still coaching changes going on, assistants are getting hired, kids are being released from LOI’s, etc. Just yesterday, Frank Haith made the curious move from Missouri to Tulsa, and that will create a ripple effect throughout the college basketball recruiting world. More on that later.

First off, here are the scholarship players who are eligible to return for the Hokies next season:

G Will Johnston, Sr.
F C.J. Barksdale, Sr.
C Joey van Zegeren, r-Jr.
G Adam Smith, r-Jr.
F Marshall Wood, Jr.
G Devin Wilson, So.
G Ben Emelogu, So.
G Malik Mueller, r-Fr.
C Maurice Kirby, r-Fr.
G Justin Bibbs, Fr.
G Jalen Hudson, Fr.

That’s 11 scholarship players. Technically speaking, the Hokies have room for two players. However, I very much doubt the attrition has ended, and I also don’t see Buzz Williams renewing Will Johnston’s scholarship for his senior season. I think it’s more likely that Tech will have room for 3-5 new players to be added to this recruiting class.

Two recruits are reportedly visiting Blacksburg as I type this.

Ahmed Hill: 6-5, 190, Wing, #69 by Rivals, #61 by 247, #54 by ESPN. Hill is a big-time wing prospect who originally signed with Marquette. He also had offers from FSU, Florida, Indiana, Missouri, Villanova, NC State, Texas and others. He should at least be somewhat familiar with the Hokes, because James Johnson’s staff offered him. Hill is from Augusta, GA. He would have a chance