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757 big man Bryson Spell has not only emerged as one of the best basketball recruits in the 2021 class, but he's also one of Virginia Tech's top frontcourt targets for this cycle.
That shows with Tech being among the schools recruiting him the hardest along with Cincinnati, Richmond, Elon, and Arizona State (who hasn't offered Spell yet). Leading the charge has been head coach Mike Young and associate head coach Chester Frazier with Frazier being in contact with Spell "1-2 times a week" and Young being in contact with him "every other week."
Because of that Spell has built strong relationships with both Young and Frazier. He had this to say about his strong relationship with the Hokies' head coach.
"We are getting closer. He’s a great coach. He cares a lot about his players and you can tell he does by the way he talks about them whether it’s in post game interviews or over the phone during a recruiting pitch," Spell said.
"Coach (Mike) Young really sees a great ball player in me and that’s huge to have a coach that believes in your ability 100% of the time. I’m hoping to get up to Blacksburg for a visit as soon as the NCAA dead period comes to an end so I can talk more with coach Young and meet the rest of the coaching staff, view the facilities, and see campus."
Additionally, Spell has built a strong relationship with Chester Frazier who believes Spell could have a future in the NBA.
"We are close as well. We hit it off as soon as he had seen my game film and is a huge fan of my style of play. He’s made it apparent that he wants to coach me because he believes I can be a valuable asset to the team and eventually a valuable asset to a NBA roster," Spell said.
The Hokies headline the offer list to date for Bryson Spell with the 757 big man also holding offers from Cincinnati, Richmond, George Washington, Old Dominion, and Elon. Additionally, Spell told us that he is receiving interest from Virginia, Maryland, Xavier, Pittsburgh, Georgia Tech, and Arizona State.
That type of interest shouldn't be a surprise given the fact that Spell was a double-double machine as he told us that he averaged around 15 points and 10 rebounds per game this past season for Cape Henry Collegiate. Additionally, he had this to say about the strengths and weaknesses of his game.
"I pride myself on being a great shooter and being able to stretch the floor with my height. Left hand finishes along with my ball handling are all things I’ve been trying to improve," Spell said.
Overall, the Hokies have made themselves a place where Bryson Spell could see himself playing from what the coaching staff brings to the table to the passion of Hokie Nation.
"I’m definitely considering playing ball there. I think I’ll have a better answer after I visit in the early fall or late summer. I would play at Tech because it’s closer to my family along with having a coach like coach Young to help me develop. The fan base for the Hokies has always been admirable as well."