October 25, 2011

Hokies land PF Marshall Wood

Virginia Tech landed a commitment earlier this morning from power forward Marshall Wood. The Rustburg, Va. prospect gave his pledge over offers from Richmond and VCU.

"He committed around nine this morning," Wood's AAU coach Justin Dalton said. "The biggest thing for him was the environment. He knows a lot of people up there.

"He just came off an official to VCU and he had narrowed it down to three choices and took those official visits. He came back from VCU, he talked it over with his parents and at the end of the day he was really interested in going somewhere, playing in the ACC. He knows so many people up there, guys from Lynchburg, Logan Thomas, soccer and stuff like that."

Obviously connections played a key role.

"Definitely," he said. "Logan has kind of been his mentor in the recruiting process and has kind of helped him handle the pressure even as a high school athlete, being a big fish in a small pond. Logan has kept the focus and has been kind of a big brother to bounce ideas off of him. In the end, that was a big part of it."

Was there something specific about the Hokies he liked?

"All the teams, Richmond, VCU and Tech have very good players," he said. "The biggest thing was he felt more at home at Virginia Tech. When you go up there, it's a little bit different, more like home where he's from. He really has a tremendous amount of respect for Richmond and VCU, the coaching staffs and they did a great job recruiting him. He has a tremendous amount of respect for all those guys. They all recruited him very hard."

But, Seth Greenberg did stick out according to his coach.

"The biggest thing to Marshall is that he's very firey," he said. "He likes that and he likes the enthusiasm he brings especially to the recruiting process. Coach Greenberg is very persistent."

Have they discussed his opportunities for playing?

"Nothing is set in stone," he said. "Obviously he's a big three or a stretch four, a player that can shoot the ball and he'll definitely make Tech more dynamic. He can play so many positions and should have a chance to play, but they haven't discussed playing time."

Finally, Dalton broke down the kind of player Tech is getting.

"I guess the word that describes him the most is dynamic," he said. "His skill set is so many things, he runs the floor well, he runs transition, he can block shots, and rebound and can shoot the ball very well. He has the same type of shot as A.D. (Vassallo) did, a high release. He can get it off of bigger players. He's got a skill set that is dynamic and rangy.

As a person, he'll literally do what you tell him to do. He's extremely coachable."


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