Saturday night Buzz: Blackshear to VT

First-year Virginia Tech coach Buzz Williams never has struggled to surprise people in recruiting or on the court, and the new Hokies' boss reeled in top-100 senior Kerry Blackshear.

He wasn't the golden boy of grassroots basketball, and maybe that's why it makes sense he'd commit to an unsung program. Kerry Blackshear, a vastly underpublicized prospect relative to his talent, has committed to Virginia Tech.

The Hokies, attempting to shore up a program that has struggled since the departure of former coach Seth Greenberg, landed a recruit who can anchor their 2015 class.

"I felt really comfortable with them," Blackshear said. "I felt comfortable with Coach Buzz and just pulled the trigger."

Blackshear caught our eye during the spring and summer and played his way into the top 100 despite not competing at the most publicized events. But our job is identify talent irrespective of hype, and his post scoring tools along with a blossoming face-up game landed him in our national rankings.

The 6-8 talent cited the coaching staff's forthright approach as pivotal in his commitment.

"They told me the truth about the program," Blackshear said. "They're rebuilding and are going to bring Virginia Tech basketball back."

The Hokies hosted Blackshear for his official visit last weekend, and they were able to win out over SMU, Georgia, Vanderbilt, Clemson and Kansas State.

Tech ultimately faced the stiffest challenge from Larry Brown's Mustangs.

"SMU was very close," Blackshear said. "It really came down to those two. I just loved the environment (Virginia Tech) had there."

Blackshear is Scout's No. 93 senior and is Virginia Tech's first commitment from the Class of 2015.

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