In addition to landing a commitment from priority big man target David N'Guessan on Thursday, Virginia Tech also landed an intriguing preferred walk-on commitment from 6'8'' forward Gill Williamson out of Richmond.
Proud to announce that I have committed to play basketball at Virginia Tech! Thank you to everyone who has helped me along the way! Go Hokies🦃! pic.twitter.com/FRnapqTB6T— gill williamson (@gill_will1) March 19, 2020
Williamson is a great pickup as a preferred walk-on as a raw talent who has grown from 6'1'' entering his sophomore season to 6'8'' as he looks ahead to his college future according to Adam Ayalew of Prep Hoops. He has also shown plenty of productivity after he was averaging 19 points, 7 rebounds, and 3 blocks according to Prep Hoops.
Williamson isn't the only Richmond recruit after the Hokies landed four-star guard Joe Bamisile previously, who signed with four-star guard Darius Maddox this past fall. Given his size, he likely projects as a four with plenty of room to develop given what the Hokies now have in their frontcourt with P.J. Horne and David N'Guessan able to be more traditional fours and Isaiah Wilkins having the versatility to also operate effective at that spot.
Preferred walk-ons don't usually receive much spotlight outside of football, but they are a way of finding raw talent that could develop into a solid rotational contributor in the future, or provide quality practice competition for development worst case.
Additionally, adding a talented player like Williamson from the Richmond area continues to make a clear statement that the Hokies are committed to bringing some of the most talented players in the Commonwealth to Blacksburg and building this program with largely regional talent.