With a pair of four-star guards signed in the fall in Joe Bamisile and Darius Maddox, Virginia Tech is looking to add some size to their 2020 class by the later signing window. One of those routes Tech is looking for talent is the JUCO route with Tech offering talented Broward College SF/PF DeAndre Pinckney.
Blessed to Receive Another Offer from Virginia Tech 🙏🏽💯 pic.twitter.com/Roe9v5mPod— DeAndre (@DeandrePinckney) December 3, 2019
Pinckney received the offer from Tech assistant Chester Frazier after Frazier visited Pinckney to see him practice earlier this week. The Hokies started before yesterday though as Pinckney told us that he has been talking with Frazier "everyday" and that the Hokies have been heavily recruiting him.
Pinckney had this to say about what this offer meant for his recruitment and Tech's standing in it.
"This is a big time offer so it helps my recruitment a lot and VT is definitely at the top of my list!" Pinckney said
Not only did this offer make the Hokies a contender for Pinckney, but he also told us that he would "without a doubt" consider Virginia Tech the current leader in his recruitment. Pinckney had this to say about why the Hokies are his leader.
"If a school really wants you, they’re going to apply pressure and show you that they want you. VT has been checking on me everyday and I’ve built a brotherly like relationship with them," Pinckney said.
The Hokies view Pinckney as a versatile forward who could play at the 3 or the 4, similar to how Virginia Tech is using Landers Nolley this season.
Pinckney has also shown at the JUCO level that he has the talent to be an impact player for the Hokies or anyone next season averaging 18.3 points and 9.3 rebounds per game last season, and 17.7 points, 9.7 rebounds, and 1.9 blocks per game this season. More importantly, Pinckney has been efficient shooting 59.1% from the field in his first JUCO season followed by shooting 65.8% from the field this season.
The Hokies are a part of a solid offer list for Pinckney that also includes Ole Miss, Rutgers, New Mexico, South Florida, East Carolina, and others. Pinckney also told us that Tech and St. John's are recruiting him the hardest with St. John's being the school that Pinckney believes is the closest to offering him next.
Looking ahead, Pinckney told us that he doesn't plan to take his visits till after he season ends which will likely end in late February followed by a decision coming sometime in the spring.
For now, Virginia Tech has emerged as the early frontrunner for talented JUCO forward DeAndre Pinckney with a long way still to go.