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Virginia Tech basketball: Hokies land guard Rodney Rice

This is a massive pickup for Mike Young and the Hokies.

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The Virginia Tech Hokies added a big piece to their 2022 recruiting class on Sunday when four-star guard Rodney Rice picked the good guys.

Rice, a 6-foot-4, 195-pounder from DeMatha Catholic in Hyattsville, picked the Hokies over his other finalist, Louisville.

The significant connection between Rice and the Hokies is assistant coach Mike Jones. Jones, who joined the staff in May, was Rice’s coach last season at DeMatha. But make no mistake, Rice didn’t commit to the Hokies only because of Jones; he has been a priority of head coach Mike Young for the last two-plus years. Rice was initially offered back in 2019 when Buzz Williams was still roaming the sidelines for Virginia Tech.

Jones’ arrival in Blacksburg only helped the Hokies, who had already built a solid rapport with Rice.

He is one of the biggest recruiting wins in the history of Virginia Tech basketball, as he is the third-highest-rated recruit to pick the Hokies in school history, per 247Sports. He is the No. 52 player nationally in 2022 and is Virginia Tech’s third commitment for that class.

Rice is a talented guard who can play either guard spot and is likely a day-one contributor once he arrives in Blacksburg.

This is a massive win for Young, Jones and Virginia Tech basketball.

Welcome to Virginia Tech, Rodney.