Virginia Tech basketball picked up its first commit for the Class of 2014 a few days ago as shooting guard Justin Bibbs of Montverde Academy committed to the Hokies. Bibbs is ranked as a three-star prospect on ESPN which made him the 32nd best shooting guard as of right now in the Class of 2014. Meanwhile, Rivals.com has a different opinion on Bibbs but it is better news for Virginia Tech fans as they have Bibbs as the 142nd best player in the Class of 2014.
Watching Justin Bibbs on tape, Bibbs shows a lot of toughness due to his willingness to attack the basket and get the easy points right around the hoop. The ACC’s best guards have tended to be more on the outside so Bibbs could do some damage against typical ACC guards. Bibbs also knows how to make sure that he doesn’t lose the basketball when he attacks the rim which is a major key to being a big playmaker. Bibbs reminds me a lot of Michigan State’s star shooting guard Gary Harris due to his skills as an attacking guard that is a decent shooter to go with it. Now Bibbs is nowhere near the same level as Harris right now but is a very good attacking guard that also has a very fluent shooting motion which makes him even more dangerous.
Justin Bibbs is a shooter that will have to be respected which of course will give him more room to attack the basket. Bibbs’ shooting motion is very consistent which is very important to becoming a dangerous player from beyond the arc. Some players struggle to find the same shooting form but Bibbs’ consistency will allow him to make a bigger impact earlier on in his time at Tech. In the long term, Bibbs has the potential to be one of the best shooting guards Virginia Tech has had but he can at least be a very good starter for the Hokies at some point. However, one YouTube video called Bibbs a baby James Harden which would make this a monumental pickup for Virginia Tech basketball. No matter what, Justin Bibbs is definitely a very good first piece to a Class of 2014 that could end up being vital to the future of Head Coach James Johnson at Virginia Tech.