Center, Class of 2022
Combine Academy, Charlotte, NC
Looking back at the decision, there was just something about how Combine Academy (NC) three-star center Patrick Wessler felt like he would fit with Virginia Tech. He easily could envision himself in what the Hokies run.
It’s a big reason why Wessler, Rivals.com’s No. 28 center in the 2022 class, committed Sunday to Virginia Tech. He liked the role the coaches envisioned. Wessler also had plenty of support in favor of the Hokies, and that eased his decision.
One of those supporters was his coach, former North Carolina guard Jeff McInnis. Wessler said they’ve discussed numerous times how they believed he could thrive in Virginia Tech’s system.
“He thought that was the right place for me,” Wessler said. “He played in the ACC and the NBA, so his opinion had a lot of weight with me. His experience in the ACC will help me a lot for when I do get there. He emphasized their fit, fit me extremely well. He said the system was just right for me.”
Wessler officially visited the Hokies this past weekend. He arrived on Friday, early enough to see students on campus, interact with some of them, and talk with members of the men’s basketball staff.
“It was just the feel, the atmosphere was great,” Wessler said. “When I first went during Covid, no students were there, so that was good to see them (this time). I liked my interactions with the team. My second night, I just had a moment where I could see myself here, this was where I wanted to go, and I committed the next morning.”
Assistant coach Kevin Giltner has been Wessler’s primary contact during the recruiting process. Their conversations during the visit also eased Wessler in his decision.
Wessler participated in an open gym, which allowed him to see what Giltner and coach Mike Young had explained to him, and he believes they can provide a good fit.
“A lot of what they do with their bigs now is low post, block area, elbows with the perimeter, to it,” Wessler said. “That’s what my game is, so that fits me really well. It’s not going to be seamless. It’s going to be hard. Every college freshman has that learning curve. I just need to get stronger, faster, put on more weight. It’s the ACC, so I’ll be playing against grown men, and I have to get to that point as quickly...
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