The Hokies added their second piece to the 2018 recruiting class as Landers Nolley announced his commitment to Virginia Tech tonight, after a strange week where he decommitted from Georgia while being thought to favor the Hokies. Nevertheless, Buzz Williams locked up an excellent recruit to pair with Jarren McCallister for this year’s recruting cycle.
Nolley, a 6-foot-7 SF, attends Langston Hughes in Fairburn, GA, but will make the move to Blacksburg to give the Hokies another sniper on the wing.
Per 247sports.com, Nolley is rated as a four-star prospect and the 96th best player in the nation. He is the No. 4 ranked player in the state of Georgia and the No. 23 small forward in the country. It’s easy to see why the four-star prospect is rated so highly, and that is because of his ability to blossom into a versatile, knockdown shooter – which sounds exactly like the prototypical Buzz Williams backcourt player.
Nolley gets great rotation and touch on the ball while showing the ability to get his feet set quickly and consistently. Those traits will carry on to the next level. However, to call him a just a shooter would not be doing Nolley justice. He can also beat his defender off the dribble and get to the rim. We all know how much Buzz values “paint touches”, and Nolley can provide that game-in, game-out. Athletically, Nolley has plenty of bounce in his step, getting plenty of lift on his jump shots. That, combined with his length, could lead him to seeing time as a wing instead of in the backcourt.
Overall, Nolley combines his high basketball IQ with a versatile skillset which gives him the added positional flexibility that Virginia Tech’s offense thrives with.
Here’s a really good interview with Nolley from back in March about his game. You can really tell he’s a not only a Buzz Williams’ player, but a Buzz Williams’ character guy.
Welcome to Blacksburg, Landers.