Virginia Tech men's basketball makes Top 6 for four-star guard from Boston

The Hokies are in play for a four-star shooting guard from Boston.

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If there is one thing that the Virginia Tech men’s basketball team has found out this season, guard play is huge in the ACC. At the beginning of the season, Rodney Rice decided to leave the Hokies and it left them thin at the guard position.

Point guard Sean Pedulla has had to play a lot more than was expected and he has had an up-and-down season in terms of turnovers and overall play. Freshman Brandon Rechsteiner played well early in the season when Pedulla was out injured, but he has been lost in the rotation as of late. He didn't have the season that the Hokies or he wished he had. Hunter Cattoor has been steady and MJ Collins has emerged at both ends of the floor, more impressively on the offensive end where he is making more of a contribution than expected.

Getting guards in recruiting is going to be big for the Hokies going forward and they made the list of six schools for a four-star guard.

Jaylen Harrell lists Virginia Tech as one of his six schools

Four-star guard Jaylen Harrell told On3Sports that he is focusing on six schools in his recruitment, Virginia Tech, Rutgers, Wake Forest, Alabama, Xavier, and Providence. The 6-foot-6 shooting guard out of CATS Academy in Boston, Massachusetts, told On3 that he will take an official visit to Virginia Tech at some point before he makes his decision in May or June.

According to On3, Harrell is the No. 77 prospect in the Class of 2025 and the 22nd shooting guard in the class. He described his game to On3.

“I’m a scoring guard,” Harrell said. “I try to facilitate on all levels, and I bring as much energy as I can to the game. My ball-handling has improved a lot this season and I’m more of a leader I’d say. I watch a lot of Phil Handy and his ball-screen videos.”

Guard play is huge in college basketball and if the Hokies can get a commitment from one with Harrell's talent, then it's a huge step for Mike Young and his staff.