- Reggie Rankin, College Basketball Recruiting
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Five-star SF Dorian Finney-Smith (Portsmouth, Va./Norcom) has committed to the Virginia Tech Hokies, and the No. 15-ranked overall player in the 2011 class instantly becomes coach Seth Greenberg's highest-rated recruit since he took over the job in 2003.
"I chose Virginia Tech because Coach Greenberg recruited me himself," said Finney-Smith, who chose the Hokies over Florida and Old Dominion. "Plus, I wanted to win a national championship in my home state."
The 6-foot-7, 185-pounder is a very versatile, skilled combo forward who can play shooting guard, small forward or even power forward for the Hokies. He reminds us a lot of former Maryland star Joe Smith. Finney-Smith is a great ball handler for someone his size and can score inside and out to the 3-point line. He also can make a play one-on-one, slash from the wing or drive, draw and kick to an open teammate. On top of his ability to put the ball in the basket, the Boo Williams Summer League standout is a tremendous rebounder. On the offensive end, he goes to the glass hard and is great at anticipating where the ball will end up. Defensively, he can grab a rebound and start the break.
"He is a winner with a lot of versatility and has a good basketball IQ. Dorian is unselfish but knows how to take over a game," Norcom coach Leon Goolsby said. "I am happy with his decision because he is happy with it. Virginia Tech is a great place for him to grow into a man."
Like most high school kids, Finney-Smith needs to add strength, but he will make an immediate impact with the Hokies. He will excel in transition and be a matchup nightmare for opponents as Greenberg moves him around within the offense. He also will be tremendous playing off the ball and in pick-and-pop or pick-and-roll situations. On defense, Finney-Smith's length and versatility will allow him to guard three different positions and play at the top or the back of the zone defense.
Before landing Finney-Smith, the Hokies had the No. 24-ranked class in the country. Now, they are sure to jump up the rankings. He joins PG Marquis Rankin (Charlotte, N.C./Hargrave Military Academy), PF C.J. Barksdale (Danville, Va./Hargrave Military Academy) and SG Robert Brown (Clermont, Fla./East Ridge).
"We have all talked and agree that all of us together could win a national championship," Finney-Smith said.
Reggie Rankin was an assistant coach at seven schools for 13 seasons, most recently at Dayton. He played at Ohio University from 1986 to 1990 and was an All-MAC first-teamer in his senior season.
ESPNU 100 SF Dorian Finney-Smith chose the in-state Hokies over Florida and Old Dominion, writes Reggie Rankin.