Joe Bamisile’s Commitment And What It Means For Virginia Tech

Mike Young, Joe Bamisile, Virginia Tech
Mike Young at the Top 100 Camp in Charlottesville, where he personally evaluated Joe Bamisile. (Kris Wright,

On April 11, Virginia Tech head coach Mike Young took a visit to Monacan High School in Chesterfield County, just south of Richmond.  He was there to recruit 4-star guard Joe Bamisile, who was the leading scorer in the Richmond area last season, averaging 28.7 points per game.

This was three days after Young’s introductory press conference took place at Virginia Tech.  At the time we didn’t know who his assistant coaches were going to be, and we were worried that his lack of experience recruiting at the Power 5 level would be a detriment without the right assistants.  Very early on, we were perhaps right to assume that.  Bamisile committed to Northwestern less than a week later, on April 17.  It was disappointing to see a top 2020 target make his decision to commit to another school such a short time after his initial meeting with Young.

However, it was also on April 17 that Young announced his assistant coach hires.  He brought in Chester Frazier from Kansas State, Antwon Jackson from Cincinnati, and retained Christian Webster.  Since then, things have taken off, particularly with Frazier.