Virginia Tech Lands Marquis Rankin

April 6, 2010

Although a few days ago we posted about Marquis Rankin (PG, , 2011) and his schools, we did not list Virginia Tech as an option for the talented point guard. But the Hokies have landed Rankin, beating out Wake Forest and Clemson. Rankin, a player from Charlotte, is a pure point guard who will definitely see minutes in Blacksburg.

It was thought that Rankin might be waiting on an offer from UNC, who he listed as his leader last summer. Whether the Tar Heels intended to offer or were looking elsewhere is a moot point now, since he’s going to another ACC school.

Rankin is a solid ballhandler and can run the offense effectively. He also can be aggressive and push the ball into the lane, is an instinctual passer and has offensive skills.

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ACC Basketball Recruiting: Marquis Rankin

April 3, 2010

Marquis Rankin (PG, 6’0″, 2011) is a Charlotte area player with interest and offers from several ACC schools. His offers include Virginia, Wake Forest and Clemson, and UNC has also contacted Rankin and is keeping up with him. The UNC contact is significant, in that last summer Rankin listed the Tar Heels and Wake Forest as his leaders at that time, and with an offer from the Demon Deacons on the table, it would seem he’s at least got some great options.

Rankin is a pure point guard who can penetrate the defense and dish to the open man, and his ability to shoot the three means teams can’t really play back to stop him. It’s unclear if Rankin would push the ball as hard as Roy Williams wants, but the Deacons aren’t a grind it out team either, and over the past season Rankin has worked to show his aggressive abilities and as he’s gotten stronger, shown how can finish. A sure handed ball handler, Rankin also moves his feet well on defense and has a solid understanding of what it takes to play and defend the point.

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