Late last night, the Hokies picked up their first basketball commitment of the 2014 class in Montverde Academy (Fla.) shooting guard Justin Bibbs.
Just got off the phone with Coach Johnson. Happy to be a #Hokie !!!!!! Virginia Tech!!!— Justin Bibbs (@justinbibbs20) September 11, 2013
Bibbs, a rising senior, is in his second season at Montverde Academy after transferring from Chaminade-Julienne High School in Dayton, Ohio after his sophomore year.
Bibbs is Johnson's second-highest rated recruit so far behind class of 2013 shooting guard Donte Clark, who did not enroll at Virginia Tech in 2013 amid academic issues that forced him to end up elsewhere, and eventually saw him pick the University of Massachusetts. At the time of his commitment, Clark was ranked as No's. 82, 101 and 112 respectively by ESPN, Rivals and 247Sports. Bibbs by comparison is ranked No. 130 by 247Sports and No. 142 by Rivals. ESPN ranked Bibbs the No. 32 shooting guard nationally, while 247Sports ranked him No. 34 in the country. All three services had him as a 3-star player, but Scout has him as a 4-star and the No. 23 shooting guard nationally.
Bibbs visited the Hokies on August 16, and picked the Hokies over offers from at least four other schools, though some services claim he had as many as nine offers (Cincinnati, Cleveland State, Dayton, Miami (OH), Rhode Island, UCF, Wichita State and Xavier). Other sites also claim offers from Kent State and Ohio.
Clark's loss coupled with Robert Brown's transfer means that there could be big minutes for Bibbs when he arrives on campus next fall. He projects as a shooting guard at the collegiate level.
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