Justin Bibbs: Evaluation

Virginia Tech has flown under the radar recently, but coach James Johnson aims to turn that around via recruiting. Clearly, getting the four star Bibbs represented a huge step in the right direction.


Justin Bibbs didn't debut on Scout.com until 2013. For a junior, that's very late in the process. The aggressive wing caught our attention at the Cancer Research Classic, dominating for a strong Montverde (Fla.) Academy team.

The Ohio native proved there, against Jabari Parker and Chicago Simeon, that he can play on the national stage alongside big-time prospects.

He next took his act to the spring travel circuit. Touring with the Ohio Basketball Club, he impressed at the Hoop Group Pitt session with his versatility and overall output. By the end of April, he'd heard from Cincinnati, Dayton, Miami, Virginia Tech, VCU, Xavier and others.

Bibbs continued chugging along and hit the Adidas Invitational a very closely watched man. The July evaluation period gave some coaches their first opportunity to watch him in person, but the way things played out he mostly maintained a consistent list.

In early September, he committed to the Hokies over Xavier, Dayton, Cincinnati and rival Virginia.


Bibbs is a solidly built southpaw athlete who thrives creating for himself and others. I watched him extensively at the Nike Team Florida Workout in late September, and his production there was off the charts.

He revs hot and boasts ample athleticism, strength and skill. He's a very confident scorer who likes to attack off the dribble yet can pull up from mid-range as well. And I've also liked players who peak relative late in their career, as that suggests the improvement may continue in college.

His passing is outstanding for a wing, and at times he can get hot from three. When he's on, he's one of the more effective scorers in the Class of 2014.


Shooting well consistently will be a key, as will handling against pressure. He can be turned over by some opposing guards, and at 6-4 he's more of a swingman than a true shooting guard.

He also must refine his defensive technique, but that's something he can cultivate over time.


Bibbs should compete for a starting spot as a freshman. The Hokies have wanted to improve their overall talent level, and he could become a key component to the solution. If anything, he may be undervalued among his peers.

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