Vassallo Finds Home In Blacksburg

Richmond's loss is Virginia Tech's game as wing man A.D. Vassallo makes Blacksburg his final collegiate destination.

On Wednesday, the Virginia Tech Hokies landed a player capable of making it happen on the perimeter. A.D. Vassallo, a former Richmond signee, cast his lot with the Hokies after making an official campus visit.

The 6-foot-5 Vassallo, who according to sources, was not admitted into Richmond, is a great fit for Virginia Tech.

"I think he's a scorer," Hargrave Military coach Kevin Keatts said. "He's got the ability at 6-foot-6 to put the basketball in the hole. He really learned how to put the ball on the floor and he became a better defender and rebounder in his year at Hargrave."

West Virginia, the Hokies and N.C. State had expressed interest in recruiting Vassallo.

Ramont Williams, now a coach at DePaul, did a tremendous job in cultivating a relationship with Vassallo prior to his appointment to a new position in Chicago. However, once the news of admission broke after the coaching change, Virginia Tech acted quickly.

"I think he was excited for the opportunity to play in the ACC," Keatts said. "I think the thing for him was that he saw an opportunity to come in and play, especially with the departure of Carlos Dixon. Being at Hargrave he had an opportunity to see a few of Virginia Tech's game and he liked the style of play and he felt like it was a great situation for him."

And Virginia Tech is happy that he did.

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