Point Guard, Class of 2021
Memorial, Edmond, OK
The trip was brief and there was no contact with anyone from Virginia Tech’s athletics department. But for Edmond Memorial (Okla.) three-star point guard Sean Pedulla, the visit he and his parents made to Blacksburg in August was enough.
On Oct. 19, Pedulla committed to the Hokies, and last week he signed his national letter of intent as a member of their 2021 recruiting class. There were multiple reasons Pedulla made his decision. Looking forward, he sees Virginia Tech as the school that will benefit him in a multitude of ways.
“It definitely wasn’t a ‘wake up one day and I knew’,” Pedulla said. “But it was a lot of praying, talking to family, especially my parents and coaches. It was actually a different school that wanted a decision, so once the time came, I asked myself, ‘which school could I not say no to? And Virginia Tech, I couldn’t say no.”
Pedulla said he chose the Hokies out of a top three that also included Minnesota and Oklahoma State. Of the three, he liked the connection he had with the Virginia Tech staff best and how he fit in with the program’s plans.
“Coach (Kevin) Giltner talked to me, but Coach (Mike) Young did a lot, too,” Pedulla said. “When we had Zoom calls, he got along great with my parents. He has a sense of humor, we enjoyed talking, and there was just a connection. The way they play is attractive, especially with my style. Those were the main reasons.”
The Hokies began their pursuit early this summer. And after they did, Pedulla said he heard from them very regularly.
“Coach Giltner was the main one, and he would talk pretty much every day, texting, asking what I’m doing, what workouts,” Pedulla said. “When he started, it was when AAU had some tournaments. He was always tuned into my games this summer. Coach Young called like once or twice a week, to see how my week was going, how my family was. When I was close to a decision, all the assistants called, Coach Webbie (Christian Webster), Coach (Chester) Frazier, they were all on it.”
“From what they told me, they see me day one making a contribution,” Pedulla said. “I don’t want to go somewhere where I won’t see the floor my first two years. The way they play, getting shots, shooting threes, a fast style, that’s what I’ve played my entire life. I think the first few years, they see me as a contributor. They have some seniors, older guys, but they need someone to run the show, and that’s what I’m able to do.”
Pedulla and his Edmond Memorial teammates are tentatively set to begin their season Dec. 1. But however his season goes, Pedulla said he has plenty of work to do on his own to get ready for the grind...
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