Hokies Move On 2008 Guard

The Virginia Tech Hokies have one in the bag for the Class of 2008. Seth Greenberg and Co. reached into North Carolina and dug up an underclassman.

Shamarr Bowden, a soon-to-be member of the Class of 2008, pledged his allegiance to the Virginia Tech Hokies this weekend. Bowden, who presently attends Greensboro (N.C.) Grimsley, averaged 20.7 points a game for the Whirlies this season.

The 6-foot-3 Bowden will attend the Miller School in Charlottesville and has decided to reclassify into the Class of 2008.

"I'll take two years to play against better competition and get stronger and make the transition from high school to college easier," Bowden told Scout.com.

Temple, VCU, William & Mary, UNC-Wilmington, Old Dominion, Elon, Wake Forest and Appalachian State had shown an early interest in him. He'll run with the N.C. Gaters this spring.

Virginia Tech moved swiftly to get him locked up. "They had been showing me interest for a while since the beginning of my 10th grade year. They asked me to come up for a visit and when I did go up there this weekend they offered and I went ahead and committed."

Greenberg and assistant Stacey Palmore had been working him for quite some time. "They were the first school to really start recruiting me. I'd been up to the campus for football and basketball games. I met the coaching staff and the academic advisor so I pretty much was used to the school and the people around there and the environment."

It was that familiarity with the Hokies program that eventually led to his commitment.

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