Two ACC programs have picked up Class of 2013 commitments this week. Neither is a top-100 prospect, but at worst each will provide depth to his respective program.
Virginia, which remains hotly involved for Tennessee big forward Austin Nichols, has added 6-foot point guard London Perrantes from Los Angeles (Calif.) Crespi. He's a solid playmaker and enjoys a strong reputation on the West Coast.
Via press release, Perrantes said, “The campus was beautiful, and I know the education I receive will be top notch. UVa is always ranked as one of the top public institutions in the country. Coach Bennett played my position at the highest level.
"Being able to learn from him was a big draw at UVa. On my visit, I felt a great connection with Coach. He was genuine and honest about me as a player and what I need to do to get better."
“The basketball program at UVa is on the rise and I am excited to be a part of that ascent. Being able to compete in the ACC and playing against the best really attracted me to the school.”
Perrantes didn’t post big junior season stats — 14 points and six assists per game — but he led his team to the state playoffs.
The Cavaliers now have 2013 commitments from Perrantes and wing guard (possible point as well?) Devon Hall. As their pursuit of Nichols intensifies, the UVa coaches staff can point to Perrantes as the offense’s future — and very capable — distributor.
In Blacksburg, first-year coach James Johnson is rebuilding the program slowly. The Hokies picked up their first senior pledge from Trevor Thompson, an unsung 6-10 center from Indianapolis who's prepping this season at Delafield (Wis.) St. John's.
Thompson announced his decision via his Twitter account on Tuesday afternoon. He attended the Hokies' football victory on Monday night as part of his official visit, and he chose Tech over Auburn, Arizona State and others. Though skinny and somewhat raw offensively, Thompson is an elastic athlete who runs the court very well. He'll likely need a year or two to develop physically — presently he's 6-foot-10 but just 210 pounds — but he's a reasonable gamble for the Hokies to take on a long-term center.