Thursday, July 23, 2009

Tyrone Garland to Va. Tech

This article was originally written on July 9.

PHILADELPHIA — Virginia Tech might have found its next point guard in a long line of excellent floor generals.

Tyrone Garland, a 6-1 2010 prospect from John Bartram High School in Philadelphia, has decided to commit to the Hokies.

“It was the right place for me to focus at,” Garland said at the Reebok All-America Camp in Philadelphia. “There’s a good coaching staff, and my family and coaches liked it there.”

There is a press conference scheduled for 5:15 p.m., where Garland will make his announcement official.

He said that he chose the Hokies over La Salle, Temple and Nevada. At the Rumble in the Bronx in June, Garland said he also had interest from Nebraska, Drexel, St. Bonaventure, Memphis, Seton Hall, Rutgers and Western Kentucky.

“I can make a good impact there,” he said. “I’m going to be bringing good shooting and I can be a coach’s point guard. I play defense and I play hard.”

Garland said he informed Virginia Tech head coach Seth Greenberg a couple of days ago of his decision.

A source close to the Virginia Tech program told me on Thursday that “we are very excited to get that one.”

Garland reportedly played very well at the Virginia Tech Elite Camp when he attended. It was his second time at the Blacksburg campus, as he also visited last summer.

As is the case with many highly-recruited prospects, Garland was happy to finish the process.

“I just wanted to get it over with,” he said. “During the games today, I was thinking about it. I wasn’t really into the game.

“I’ll be much more relaxed now. I’m excited.”

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