Brad Byerson Interview

Virginia power forward Brad Byerson has said all along he would commit to whatever school he felt most comfortable with. Apparently, Coach John Beilein and staff made Byerson feel very "comfortable" this past weekend because Byerson gave WVU a verbal commitment on Monday.

"Everything went great. I've known Coach Beilein since the ninth grade. I felt very comfortable on my visit to Morgantown," Byerson said. "My mother and I attended the football game on Saturday and visited with Coach Beilein and his family after that."

The left-handed Byerson averaged 17 points and 12 rebounds last season for Thomas Dale High School and was a second team all-state selection. Byerson is rated as the fourth-best player in the Commonwealth of Virginia this season, and may remind many basketball fans of former WVU player Ricky Robinson.

Byerson is an above average athlete, solid rebounder, possesses decent ball-handling skills and a good perimeter game out to the 18-foot range. Byerson plays consistently hard and will only get better over the next 4 years. His offensive game will require some continued polishing but all the tools are there.

During our interview Byerson stated he planned on majoring in Civil Engineering and actually met his future academic advisors on his weekend visit.

"I won't take any more visits. I'm sold on West Virginia and Coach Beilein," Byerson said. "I'm excited about competing in the Big East."

Byerson had varying interest from Syracuse, Kentucky, Virginia Tech, Dayton, Richmond, UCONN and many others.

There are a couple of different directions the remaining scholarship(s) in the upcoming recruiting class can go in from this point on. WVU could continue to strictly pursue frontcourt players or sign the best talent it can regardless of position.

Coach John Beilein has indicated he wants to sign four recruits during the early signing period and keep one grant available. It appears WVU will now step back and assess exactly in what direction they want to go in.

In the meantime, WVU fans can feel very "comfortable" that Brad Byerson was a very, very good pickup for the rebuilding Mountaineer program.


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