James Johnson and the rest of his new Virginia Tech basketball crew have been working diligently to get some more bodies on board for the upcoming season and they appear to have snagged one.
Desmond Stanback, a 6’3 shooting guard from Takoma Academy, verbally committed to Virginia Tech earlier today. Stanback chose Virginia Tech over VCU and Ohio after the Hokies offered him a scholarship. New Virginia Tech assistant coach Ramon Williams served as the primary recruiter for Stanback. Stanback is expected to join the team this season and sign his official letter of intent on campus.
Stanback averaged 18.8 points per game playing in the Maryland Independent School Athletic League. According to Gazette.net, this is a league that doesn’t garner much big-time attention for basketball. Because of this, Stanback appears to have a bit of a chip on his shoulder and seems to be very motivated to prove he can ball. If you don’t like his film, you at least have to like his candor off the court.
Speaking of his film, we do have some highlights of Stanback courtesy of Youtube. He appears to have a pretty good 3-point shot and seems like he has the ability to catch-and-shoot effectively. I also like the hustle that Stanback displays on defense, going and hustling for steals.
We don’t know a ton about Stanback, but from a personal standpoint if Shaka Smart wanted him on the team he’s probably worth something. Here’s hoping that Stanback ends up being a diamond in the rough for the Hokies and James Johnson. You can check out his highlights down below.