Virginia Tech Adds to 2013 Class as Donte Clarks Pops for Hokies

By Paul Seaver

Hargrave Military Academy (VA) has long been a pipeline for Virginia Tech basketball.

Newly-appointed Hokies’ head coach James Johnson actually spent time at Hargrave as an assistant and that pipeline and connection paid off again this past weekend, as Virginia Tech added their second verbal commitment from the class of 2013.

Donte Clark, a 6-foot-4 guard, popped for the Hokies, joining the previously committed Trevor Thompson.

UNC-Wilmington transfer Adam Smith will also be eligible next season for the Hokies after making a decision this past summer. Smith will have three years of eligibility remaining when he can take the court in 2013-14.

Clark has continued to rise up the charts and rankings recently and is being tabbed as one of the top recruits within the senior class. ESPN lists Clark at No. 86 overall, while Rivals pins him at No. 101 in their top-150.

Clark chose Virginia Tech over a number of top, high-major programs.

While Clark will represent the newest wave to make the next level transition from Hargrave to Virginia Tech, current Hokies Robert Brown, C.J. Barksdale, and Marquis Rankin all represent a similar switch. In addition, former players Dorenzo Hudson and Jeff Allen committed to the Va Tech from Hargrave, as well.

Clark’s decision comes just weeks after that of Thompson’s, marking the Hokies’ second addition during the month of September.

Clark announced his decision during a weekend visit to the Blacksburg-based campus where he was joined by Oak Hill Academy (VA) guard Ikenna Iroegbu.


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