Hokies in Top Two for Power Forward

Hokies in Top Two for Power Forward

Virginia Tech is in the mix for a power forward out of the northeast. The player is changing high schools, but that won't matter in his recruitment. He told VTInsider.com who his top two schools are, and whether he has a preference for where he plays in college. Come inside to find out who the player is, and what he thinks of Hokies coach Seth Greenberg.

The work Virginia Tech basketball coach Seth Greenberg has done via the telephone made quite an impression on South Kent (Conn.) Prep power forward Derrick Randall.

So much so Randall is listing Virginia Tech as one of his two favorites. The other is Rutgers.

The 6-foot-8 ½, 220-pound Randall is an interior player who can make shots from14 feet and in, but he is working on extending his jump shot. His development could come quickly since Randall began playing basketball three years ago after going through a growth spurt.

"As of right now, my two favorites are Rutgers and V-Tech," Randall said. "I want to play in the Big East. It's good competition."

However, Randall's thought process could change if he makes an expected visit to see the Virginia Tech campus.

"I haven't been to Virginia Tech yet," Randall said. "I like Seth Greenberg. I spoke to him a couple of times and he says he really wants me down there. It's a nice program. I like watching them play. I like their tempo, they're style of play. It looks like a nice gym."

Randall averaged 10 points and 6.6 rebounds per game at Paterson (N.J.) Catholic last season, but decided to transfer to South Kent after Paterson Catholic announced it was closing.

Randall, who is in Atlanta playing in the Peach Jam AAU tournament, has an idea of when he wants to make a decision.

"Probably in the middle of August," Randall said. "Maybe it will be a little later, but I want to decide in about a month."

The Hokies' stiffest competition comes from Rutgers, which is trying to rebuild under new coach Mike Rice. He recently visited the Rutgers campus and, because of proximity, is building a strong relationship with the staff.

"It's a nice campus, I like the new coach," Randall said. "He's very energetic. He wants to get straight to the point, and he wants to win. I saw the campus, the gym."

The Scarlet Knights are already very thin in the front court for the 2010-11 season, and that will be compounded the following season because power forward Jonathan Mitchell will be a senior.

So, does the opportunity to play plenty of minutes early factor into Randall's decision?

"Not really," he said. "If I'm ready to play, I'm ready to play. If the coach thinks I'm ready to play, I'm playing."

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