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Tuesday / November 19.
  • Wabissa Bede to Virginia Tech

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    Wabissa Bede, the 6-foot-1 point guard from Cushing (MA) Academy and the Mass Rivals AAU program, committed to Virginia Tech, giving coach Buzz Williams a point guard of the future.

    Ranked the No. 16 point guard in the Class of 2017 by 247Sports.com, Bede also considered Butler, LaSalle, Minnesota and UMass.

    “I love coach [Buzz] Williams,” he told Scout.com before his official visit this weekend. “[He] reminds me of Vin [Mass Rivals coach Vin Pastore]. He’s tough with a soft heart. He believes in me a lot and I can play at that level and produce there. Also they’ve been recruiting me a lot this summer.”

    Playing alongside UConn commit Makai Ashton-Langford, Bede helped Mass Rivals win four tournaments this summer and go 21-0.

    “Bede’s intangibles are off the chart,” Pastore said. “He’s a great person, leader and teammate. He translates to winning basketball games.

    Bede averaged about 13 points per game last season at Cushing.

    “Wabissa is a hard-nosed leader,” Cushing coach James Cormier said. “His teammates feed off his leadership and toughness. Bede is a willing passer with the ability to read the defense and take advantage of teams that over-help. His ability to score at all three levels is what separates him from most guards at the prep level.

    “The bottom line is Wabissa is a winner. He has room to grow and is willing to put in the work to be great. He is ready to contribute at the highest level right away.”

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    Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.