As the summer evaluation period continues, so are the new offers that Virginia Tech is sending out on the basketball front including one to 2025 four-star C Malachi Moreno out of Georgetown, KY.
Moreno had this to say about his reaction to receiving an offer from the Hokies.
"I’m extremely grateful. They are an ACC school which is a great conference," Moreno said.
Moreno received the offer during a conversation with assistant Kevin Giltner adding this on how that conversation with Giltner was as a whole.
"It was a great conversation. He asked about my family and asked if all was good and well. He had also asked about my academics and I told him I had a 4.0 GPA. He said he was pleased," Moreno said.
Tech's interest in Moreno isn't out of nowhere as he told us while there's also some deeper ties between the Hokies' coaching staff and Malachi Moreno's family.
"They were one of the first schools to contact me when the direct contact period started. The same staff actually recruited my brother when they were at Wofford. So we already had that prior connection when they started recruiting me," Moreno said.
Malachi Moreno's brother is Michael Moreno, a 6'7'' forward for Eastern Kentucky who has been a four-year starter for the Colonels averaging double figures each of the past three seasons. Wofford was among the offers for Michael Moreno coming out of high school before he chose to stay in-state at EKU so Malachi Moreno already has a decent relationship with Tech's coaching staff especially Kevin Giltner as he told us.
"I’ve been building a relationship with Coach Giltner and that has been going pretty smoothly," Moreno said.
So far, Malachi Moreno has built up a strong offer list that includes Virginia Tech, Tennessee, Indiana, Purdue, Notre Dame, Michigan, Ohio State, Iowa, Xavier, Cincinnati, Missouri, and Eastern Kentucky. This comes after a strong sophomore season during which he averaged 14.8 points, 11.5 rebounds, and 4.8 blocks per game showing why he's a big time target.
So how would Moreno describe the strengths and weaknesses of his game?
"I would say my strengths are definitely my post work and my soft touch around the rim, but my weaknesses are my ball handling and three-point shot. Those 2 are the main things I’m working on," Moreno said.
With all that in mind, how does this offer impact his recruitment and where Virginia Tech stands in it?
"It definitely shows how much they care and what they think about it. They really showed a lot of interest and want to get to know me better," Moreno said.
The focus may still be primarily on the 2024 class, but the Hokies are laying the groundwork well for the 2025 class after recently offering four-star C Malachi Moreno and emerging as a legitimate contender in his recruitment.