Basketball star Joe Bamisile flips from Northwestern to Virginia Tech

The Roanoke Times

Virginia Tech's new men's basketball staff pulled off a major recruiting coup Thursday.

Joe Bamisile, who is rated the No. 63 rising high school senior in the nation by ESPN, has flipped from Northwestern to the Hokies.

Bamisile, a prolific guard for Monacan High School in suburban Richmond, announced Thursday on Twitter that he had decommitted from Northwestern in favor of Virginia Tech.

"I decided with my family that I wanted to stay closer to home and play in the ACC," he told

He had verbally committed to Northwestern in April, the same month Mike Young left Wofford to succeed Buzz Williams as the Hokies' coach.

ESPN rates the 6-foot-4, 195-pound Bamisile as the No. 14 off-guard in the country in the Class of 2020.

Bamisile averaged 28.7 points, 7.0 rebounds and 1.8 assists as a Monacan junior last season, when he led the Richmond area in scoring. He was named to the Richmond Times-Dispatch's All-Metro first team and made the Class 4 all-state first-team. Bamisile, who scored 49 points in one game and 43 points in another, was also chosen the Region 4B co-player of the year. He shot 50 percent from the field.

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