Saturday afternoon, B.J. Mack took an unofficial visit to Virginia Tech, played basketball with some of the Hokies recruits and Hokies players. Then, he had a long meeting with Hokies coach Buzz Williams and attended Virginia Tech’s blowout football win over Boston College.
The trip appeared to have a lasting impression.
Thursday night, Mack committed to Virginia Tech, along with Southwest Guilford twin brothers Kobe and Keyshaun Langley. Mack, who plays summer basketball for Team United, and the Langleys, who play for CP3, have faced each other in travel basketball circuits since they were 10 years old. The three are good friends.
“BJ wanted to play in the ACC, that’s always been a dream of his to play at the highest level of college basketball,” said Brian Mack Sr., B.J.’s father. “For me and his mom, visiting Virginia Tech and we’ve been up there a couple times, we feel like with the coaching staff there, if we left our child with them, we’re leaving them with family. He’s got a chance to go to a great academic institution, play at the highest level and learn under one of the best coaches (Buzz Williams) in the country right now. Why wouldn’t you (commit)? It’s a good fit for him and he likes being there.”
The Langley twins are both 6-foot combo guards who had the Virginia Tech offer, plus interest from Arizona, Charlotte, Davidson and Notre Dame among others. Mack, a 6-foot-8, 250-pound center, had offers from Virginia Tech, N.C. State, Georgia, Middle Tennessee State and College of Charleston.
Last season, Mack played at Charlotte Catholic, helping lead the Cougars to the N.C. 4A state championship. He averaged 11.5 points, 6.5 rebounds and shot 54 percent from the field. After his freshman year, Mack transferred to Charlotte Christian, where he’ll join a team with two other Division I recruits, 6-6 senior Rob Peterson and 6-foot sophomore J.C. Tharrington. Tharrington and Mack play for Team United together in the summer.