Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Virginia Tech's early, EARLY recruiting pitch

The Salisbury (N.C.) Post is reporting that Virginia Tech has offered a scholarship to eighth-grader Brielle Blaire, a 5-11 phenom who apparently lit things up last weekend at Boo Williams Nike Invitational in Hampton. How good is Blaire? Here's her answer, via Twitter - "I'm a future WNBA player wit mad skillz."
Yep, she's an eighth-grader all right. At least we know she's not bashful.

A more objective opinion comes from John Jordan, the director of girlshoopscout.com who had Blaire in a fall exposure camp - and this was in 2008, when Blaire was just starting seventh-grade.

This young lady totally dominated the camp," Jordan wrote. "Right now she could start for many D2 and perhaps even a few D1 programs... An athletic forward with a great jump shot including 3-point range who has the ability to attack the rim and finish with contact. And when I say finish I mean she's finishing on 6-4 girls who are mid- to high-major level players. Extremely skilled, aggressive and athletic. I predict that she will be getting major D1 offers before she ever starts high school. She is that good."

Hyperbole? Perhaps. I mean, an athletic forward with a great jumper who can attack and finish through contact? That's Maya Moore, right? But Jordan was apparently right about D1 offers coming in before Blaire hits high school. Looks like Virginia Tech may be the first. But if this kid is even half as good as she sounds, the Hokies definitely won't be the last.

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