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The Virginia Tech women’s basketball program picked up a commitment on Thursday from D’Asia Gregg, a 6’2” forward from Florence, South Carolina.
“I love their focus on player development and their style of play,” Gregg said about why she chose VT. “Every conversation I had was very informational. They cared more about you as a person rather than just a basketball player.”
Gregg will be immediately eligible in Blacksburg in the fall as a junior after spending her sophomore season in the JUCO ranks at Gulf Coast State College.
In late January, Gregg committed to play at Florida State next season. According to an SCNow.com article written on March 15, Gregg hoped to sign on her official visit to Tallahassee but was unable to take a trip to Florida State due to a halt placed on recruiting visits.
After reopening her recruitment, she took visited with the Tech basketball staff virtually, which convinced her to head to Blacksburg.
“They showed me what’s it like with the fan base and how they’re supportive,” Gregg said. “[They] had a segment about the way they play and how they develop players.”
A first-team all-Panhandle Conference honoree, Gregg averaged 15.3 points and 6.1 rebounds per game while shooting 47 percent from the floor last season. Her play helped the Commodores to a 23-5 record before the season was cut short due to the Coronavirus.
Gregg scored in double figures in 13 consecutive games at one point this season, scoring 21 points or more five times during that stretch.
“At Gulf Coast, we worked hard every day, nonstop,” Gregg stated. “I felt like that helped my conditioning and offensive game improve, as far as having an all-around game.”
Gregg said she knew Tech was the right fit because of the team depth and the focus on player development.
“I knew it was the place because of how supportive the coaching staff is,” Gregg said. “The fit is perfect. ...The sky’s the limit.”
Before her time at Gulf Coast State, Gregg spent one season in Atlanta at Georgia Tech, where she played 149 minutes in 22 games. She averaged 2.5 points and 1.2 rebounds per game.
She posted season highs in points (15) and rebounds (seven) in a December 2 game against Georgia State. She also saw action in 12 ACC games, though she did not see more than ten minutes per game. She did not receive any minutes against the Hokies.
Coming out of high school, Gregg was rated a 4-star recruit by ESPN, ranking 100th in the nation and 13th at her position. She was also the No. 88 national prospect from All Star Girls Report and No. 89 from Prospect Nation.
This is not the first time Brooks has gone to the JUCO level to find top-tier talent – former Hokie star Taylor Emery, who is currently playing professionally in Poland, is also a product of Gulf Coast State College. Former Hokies Alexis Jean and Trinity Baptiste also both played a season at JUCO schools before finding their way to Blacksburg.
Gregg will fit right into Kenny Brooks’ frontcourt and provide extra depth for the Hokies alongside Asiah Jones, Alex Obouh Fegue and Elizabeth Kitley, the ACC Freshman of the Year.
The commitment of Gregg is the sixth offseason pickup for Brooks & Co. after the four incoming freshman and Wofford transfer Da’Ja Green. Tech now has used up 14 of their 15 scholarships for the upcoming season.
Here's the updated roster and scholarship breakdown for Brooks and the #Hokies after Gregg's commitment.— David Cunningham (@therealdcunna) April 23, 2020
Tech has one remaining scholarship open for the 2020-21 season now. https://t.co/h8DKgpx6TG pic.twitter.com/PHjLkIy9HJ