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Hokies will learn their fate with David Duke soon

Virginia Tech's 2018 basketball recruiting class currently sits at one player. Could a second join up soon?

Ashburnham (Mass.) Cushing Academy point guard David Duke will make his college commitment Friday evening, and the Hokies are in the hunt for the Rivals100 player.

Florida, Indiana, Providence, and Villanova are the other finalists for Duke, though VT and Providence are considered the favorites to land his commitment. The only three schools he has taken official visits to are Florida (Sept. 22), Virginia Tech (Sept. 29, for the Clemson football game the following day), and Providence (last weekend). Providence is the hometown option - he's a Rhode Island native playing at a high-profile prep program in Massachusetts.

The 6-4, 190-pounder would be a major grab for Virginia Tech should he opt to become a Hokie. He would join unranked three-star Jarren McAllister in the class, and have the opportunity to learn his trade behind a couple talented players when he arrives in Blacksburg: junior Justin Robinson is a returning starter, while true freshman Wabissa Bede was a top grab in the 2017 class.

The Hokies would like to round out the 2018 group with a point guard (which they'd prefer to be Duke), another wing (perhaps Landers Nolley, who visited with Duke for the Clemson game and made a brief commitment to Georgia over VT last weekend), and a big man.