Virginia Tech men’s basketball coach Mike Young has added another player to his restocked backcourt.
Nahiem Alleyne from Mountain View High School in Lawrenceville, Georgia, verbally committed to the Hokies on Sunday, his father, Darryl Alleyne, said in a text message.
Alleyne averaged 17.2 points as a senior off-guard this year, earning All-Gwinnett County honorable mention from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
“They got a true gem,” Mountain View coach B.J. Roy said. “He shot over 40 percent from 3 [-point territory] for the last two years with us. He can finish at the basket. He’s a sniper from mid-range.
“I definitely think he’s ACC-ready.”
Alleyne, who does not turn 18 years old until next month, had originally planned to spend the 2019-20 season with a postgraduate team and not enroll in a college until 2020.
But he decided to reclassify from the class of 2020 to the recruiting class of 2019 and play for the Hokies in the upcoming season, his father said.
The 6-foot-3, 185-pound Alleyne also had offers from St. John’s, Nebraska, Virginia Commonwealth, South Florida, Hofstra and Presbyterian.
Alleyne, who visited Virginia Tech over the weekend, becomes the fifth recruit to commit to Tech since Young left Wofford in April to take the Hokies’ reins.
“Coach Young’s been recruiting him and known him over the last two years,” Roy said. “The system’s a great fit for him. He’s really unselfish.
“His growth and development skill-wise is going to continue, and I think that’ll really make an impact for him over his college career.
“One-on-one, he’s able to get by guys and finish at the basket. He’s a lefty, so he’s really great at attacking, getting into the lane. … He likes a little 15-to-18 foot mid-range [shot] as well.”
Alleyne made 63 3-pointers for his high school team this year. He averaged 5.8 points, 1.8 assists and 1.2 steals.
“He’s an elite defender,” Roy said. “Over the last couple years he’s been able to play defense on quite a few big names. He defended Ashton Hagans [ now at Kentucky]. He played Brandon Boston. He did a great job on those type of guys.”
Alleyne played for Mountain View for two seasons after transferring from South Gwinett High School in Georgia.
There are now 12 players set for the Hokies’ 2019-20 roster.
Keve Aluma, who played for Young as a Wofford sophomore this year, will have to sit out the 2019-20 season under the NCAA’s transfer rules. But the other new recruits will be able to play next season — incoming freshmen Alleyne, Jalen Cone (who is also reclassifying from 2020 to 2019) and Hunter Cattoor and Alabama State graduate transfer Branden Johnson.
They will join seven returning Hokies — Wabissa Bede, P.J. Horne, Isaiah Wilkins, Jonathan Kabongo, Landers Nolley, Tyrece Radford and walk-on Brendan Palmer.
Virginia Tech is still waiting to see if Kerry Blackshear will rejoin the Hokies or join a new school as a graduate transfer.