Buzz Williams has been relentless on the recruiting trail in his first three-plus seasons in Blacksburg, and this off-season has been no different.
The Hokies moved on quickly from the news of their narrow miss of 2017 4-star shooting guard M.J. Walker by turning their sights towards the 2018 recruiting cycle with the reported offer to 6’7″ Cincinnati, Ohio native Darius Bazley (credit: 247Sports).
The 4-star small forward out of Finneytown Secondary has been picking up offers rapidly, according to the report, as he now possesses offers from Florida, Xavier, Syracuse, Maryland, the Hokies, and Ohio State.
Bazley committed verbally to the Buckeyes last August, but re-opened his recruitment last month, and has been one of the most sought after prospects in the 2018 class ever since.
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Bazley sits currently as the 55th-best prospect in his class, which is subject to change given how early it is in the recruiting process for many of these players.
Given the Hokies lack of depth on the wing, especially from 2018-onward as Justin Bibbs and Ty Outlaw will move on due to graduation after next season, a steadying presence on the wing would be welcomed in the upcoming recruiting class.
The Hokies struck out on premier wing talent in their 2017 class, although they have been able to sign a Top 20 group due to the strong caliber of prospects in the backcourt with 4-stars Nickeil Alexander-Walker and Wabissa Bede entering into the fold.
The emphasis from here on out will be for Buzz Williams and his staff to compile rebounding and wing depth in future classes. With that now being at the forefront, Darius Bazley’s name will certainly be one to keep in mind throughout his recruiting process.