With the addition this week of small forward Dorian Finney-Smith from Norcom High, Va. Tech’s 2010-11 recruiting class has jumped from No. 24 in the nation to No. 10 in the eyes of ESPN.com. That’s right, No. 10. Elite company for Seth Greenberg’s team.
Finney-Smith is rated No. 15 nationally by ESPN.com. The other recruits in this group are point guard Marquis Rankin from Hargrave, forward C.J. Barksdale from Hargrave, and off-guard Robert Brown of Clermont, Fla.
Kentucky is ranked No. 1, followed by UNC, Arizona, Syracuse, Louisville, texas, Duke, Michigan State, Villanova and the Hokies.
You won’t see these players in Tech uniforms until a year from now, but it’s a good sign that VT won’t plummet once Malcolm Delaney and the other seniors move on after this year.
Reggie Rankin of ESPN.com upgraded the class from No. 24 to No. 10 after Finney-Smith committed. Here is what he wrote about the Norcom star:
He “is a very versatile, skilled combo forward who can play shooting guard, small forward or even power forward for the Hokies. He reminds us a lot of former Maryland star Joe Smith. Finney-Smith is a great ball handler for someone his size and can score inside and out to the 3-point line. He also can make a play one-on-one, slash from the wing or drive, draw and kick to an open teammate. On top of his ability to put the ball in the basket, the Boo Williams Summer League standout is a tremendous rebounder. On the offensive end, he goes to the glass hard and is great at anticipating where the ball will end up. Defensively, he can grab a rebound and start the break.
Like most high school kids, Finney-Smith needs to add strength, but he will make an immediate impact with the Hokies. He will excel in transition and be a matchup nightmare for opponents as Greenberg moves him around within the offense. He also will be tremendous playing off the ball and in pick-and-pop or pick-and-roll situations. On defense, Finney-Smith’s length and versatility will allow him to guard three different positions and play at the top or the back of the zone defense.”