With a pair of guards committed in Brandon Rechsteiner and Jaydon Young, Virginia Tech basketball's recruiting focus has shifted much more heavily to the frontcourt where four-star PF/C Amani Hansberry is one of, if not their #1, top target.
The Hokies have been a top contender for Hansberry for a while and continue to be one after Virginia Tech made his top 5.
2023 four-star big man Amani Hansberry is down to five schools, he tells @On3Recruits.— Joe Tipton (@TiptonEdits) August 3, 2022
He breaks down each program: https://t.co/TC9wIgtMrB pic.twitter.com/jkTFBUPGw1
The Hokies were joined by Penn State, Miami, Auburn, and Illinois. This cutdown eliminates Boston College who hosted him on an official visit according to 247 Sports plus Tennessee, LSU, Pittsburgh, Oklahoma State, Texas A&M, Wake Forest, West Virginia, Oregon, Mississippi State, DePaul, Rhode Island, and more.
Hansberry has taken official visits to all of his top 5 except for Auburn. This may be good for the closer by schools in Virginia Tech and Penn State who could more easily get him on campus for unofficial visits.
Hansberry was a well-known recruit before the summer, but played quite well and became a major target for many more major conference programs. One of the few major programs to prioritize him before that surge: Virginia Tech.
Hansberry would be an intriguing fit as a physical, well-built power forward which Tech needs to refill the depth chart on with Justyn Mutts in his final season in Blacksburg. Hansberry also plays in the D.C.-Baltimore Catholic leagues where Mike Jones has plenty of deep ties from his long highly-regarded tenure at DeMatha Catholic.
If Tech can land Hansberry, they may be in a general hold for the 2023 class outside of premium targets who they wouldn't turn down regardless of what numbers were at as they stand at that time in that scenario.