Head coach James Johnson has been making some great strides for Virginia Tech in his first season with the team. On the court the Hokies have so far performed well with a 3-0 record, but it is Johnson’s efforts off the court that has fans hopeful. Virginia Tech already has four targeted recruits committed to play for Johnson next year.
Johnson has brought in forwards Trevor Thompson and Maurice Kirby to join the front-court rotation. Thompson is 6’11”, but at only 210 lbs. he will need to bulk up before his freshman season. He can run the court, and score from mid-range and in the paint so the expectations of his development are high.
Also in the upcoming freshman class will be guards Ben Emelogu and Donte Clark. Clark is in the ESPN Top 100 recruits at number 89 overall in the country. Clark needs a lot of development, but there is upside to his game. He shows signs of being a good scorer, although he needs to improve upon his shooting. For a 6’4” guard he has great length, which will help him adjust on the defensive end. Also coming to the Hokies for the 2013-14 season is UNC-Wilmington transfer Adam Smith. Smith is a scoring point guard, and averaged 13.7 points last season for the Seahawks.
With teams changing dramatically every offseason, recruiting is one of most significant aspects of being a head coach. Virginia Tech will lose their best player in senior guard Erick Green at the end of this season, so the proactive recruiting of coach Johnson is refreshing for Hokies Nation.