Jan 16, 2013; Durham, NC, USA; Virginia Tech Hokies head coach Dennis Wolff on the sidelines against the Duke Blue Devils during the first half at Cameron Indoor Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark Dolejs-USA TODAY Sports
The Virginia Tech Hokies have had well-known success recruiting men’s basketball players since the arrival of Buzz Williams but Dennis Wolff and the Hokies’ women’s basketball program has also had their fair share of success with recruiting the Class of 2015.
Today was the day that women’s basketball players all across the country could sign their National Letter of Intent and the Hokies have put together a very strong class that could help make Cassell Coliseum the home of some big time basketball, men’s and women’s, and not just wrestling.
Dennis Wolff and the Hokies were able to announce today a class of three that ranks 20th in the ESPN HoopGurlz top 20 class rankings for 2015. The Hokies gained commitments from 5-star forward Kelly Koshuta, four-star point guard Chanette Hicks, and three-star forward Alana Gilmer.
Obviously, the headline name in this class is Koshuta who is from Vienna, Virginia and one of the best women’s players in the state of Virginia. Koshuta is ranked as the third best post player AND 32nd best prospect by ESPN and seems like someone that will immediately see a lot of playing time. Koshuta averaged 24.3 points per game as a high school junior and seems to have the talent to be a star in Blacksburg.
Chanette Hicks is another quality pickup as the third best prospect and second best point guard in the state of Virginia. Hicks is ranked 53rd overall by ESPN and is the highest-rated player that does not have a five-star grade. Hicks is a great ball distributor and turnover creator, averaging over 7 assists and 6 steals in her junior year of high school. Hicks will likely be one of the first players off the bench and will be a very good backup for Vanessa Panousis.
This class is rounded out by three-star forward Alana Gilmer who projects to be a small forward. Gilmer has a lot of upside as a quality wing scorer after averaging over 18 points as a junior. However, Gilmer seems likely to provide the least immediate impact but has the potential to provide quality impact in the long term.
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Dennis Wolff has done a tremendous job building a very strong Class of 2015 for the Hokies.