Basketball success and PrepStars rankings

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Today we’re going to take a look at how much basketball recruiting rankings matter using the PrepStars player rankings since the Hokies joined the ACC.

For the record, I like using PrepStars because they are 100% committed to basketball. Also, they aren’t dependent on big fan bases to buy their product. Sometimes that can affect how the major networks rank players to a certain extent. I feel like PrepStars is as unbiased as it gets when it comes to basketball recruiting and rankings, and their employees are professionals.

PrepStars still hasn’t finished their 2014 player rankings as of yet. Right now, they have only completed their top 50 players. One Virginia Tech recruit can be found there: Ahmed Hill.

Before we get into Tech’s list of highest-ranked players, first let’s understand PrepStars’ terminology.

PG: Point Guard
WG: Wing Guard (shooting guard)
WF: Wing Forward (small forward)
BF: Big Forward (power forward)
C: Center

And now, on to the list of top-rated VT recruits (by PrepStars) since the Hokies joined the ACC in 2004-05:

2011 WF/BF Dorian Finney-Smith: #18. Finney-Smith started for the Hokies as a freshman before transferring to Florida. He played a key role for the Gators this past year, as they became the #1 overall seed in the NCAA Tournament.

2014 WG Ahmed Hill, #37: Hill originally signed with Marquette, but decided to follow Buzz Williams to Blacksburg.

2007 C/BF Gus Gilchrist, #43: Gilchrist originally signed with Tech, but was convinced by a “handler” to get out of his LOI (using the April 16th shootings as an excuse) and seek opportunities elsewhere. Gilchrist eventually matriculated to South Florida, where his “handler” was given a job. He had a very good career at South Florida. He now plays in the NBA Development League for the Iowa Energy.

2007 WG/PG Malcolm Delaney, #49: Delaney had a great career for the Hokies, and is considered one of the best players in school history. He is currently one of the best players in Europe.

2004 PG/WG Marquie Cooke, #49: Cooke flamed out at Tech, and he later flamed out at Colorado State and Louisiana-Lafayette. He finished his career at Division II Elizabeth City State. He briefly played on a summer league team in Belgium.

2006 PG Nigel Munson, #58: Munson had a productive season as a freshman, backing up Zabian