For now, 2019 Trinity Episcopal (Va.) three-star center Armando Bacot is feeling his way out in his recruitment. No formal lists have been made and Bacot said he hasn’t given a thought to a decision.
But Bacot has gotten a better look at two schools more than others. Last month, Bacot unofficially visited Virginia Tech and Georgetown for games. Both trips gave him a more in-depth look that could prove crucial down the road.
Bacot spent New Year’s Eve in Blacksburg, where he saw the Hokies take down Duke. He also visited Virginia Tech in October for the Hokies’ football win over Miami, but this trip gave him a closer look at the basketball side.
“I thought it was a great game,” Bacot said. “I could really see the energy from Coach Buzz, how hard he was coaching. I liked the way Virginia Tech played as a team.”
Bacot said he’s still developing a relationship with Williams. To this point, though, he’s made a strong connection with assistant coach Christian Webster.
“Coach Webster, he comes to a lot of my games and checks me out,” Bacot said. “Every time I see him, we have a good relationship. I haven’t talked to Coach Buzz much like that yet.”
The visit also gave Bacot a better look at the Hokies’ style of play and how he could fit in. Bacot said he sees a big void he could fill.
“Right now, it’s just up-tempo and high-paced,” he said. “It’s all guards because they don’t have great bigs. They get up a lot of shots. I like the school. Coming out of Virginia, I definitely knew who Virginia Tech was. I think it’s a great school, too.”
On Dec. 22, Bacot got a more up-close look at Georgetown, at least on the court. He was on hand for the Hoyas’ win over UNC-Greensboro. But the trip also gave him a chance to catch up with the Georgetown coaching staff.
“It was a good visit and I know Georgetown has a lot of history with bigs,” Bacot said. “I know it’s a big-man school. They really get the ball into the center. I think (John Thompson III) is a cool guy, him and Coach (Kevin) Broadus.”
Aside from the Hokies and Hoyas, Bacot said he’s heard most from Virginia and Richmond. Miami, Florida State and Wake Forest could pick up the pace as well, each being among Bacot’s most recent offers in recent weeks.
At this point, Bacot said it’s “way too early” to think about any decision. He has no other visits planned right now, but hopes to make a few visits later this season to possible options. Bacot said he also hopes to grow his game more as his sophomore season progresses as well.
“I feel like I’m a low post scorer that can block shots and knock down jump shots, too,” he said. “I feel like I need to continue expanding my game out. That’s because the game is kinda changing now.”