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Virginia Tech recruit Jarell Eddie at Cap Classic

If Virginia Tech Coach Seth Greenberg watched Jarell Eddie, the Hokies incoming swingman, on Thursday in the Capital Classic all-star game, he probably would have scolded the soon-to-be freshman. In a game in which the teams combined for 225 points, dunking and not defense was put on display.

"He would have wanted more defensive tenacity and on-ball defense," Eddie said with a smile after his U.S. All-Stars lost to the Capital All-Stars, 117-108, before 2,111 at American University's Bender Arena.

Eddie, a 6-foot-6 signee from near Charlotte, N.C., joined an elite cast of prospects at the event, which featured future Georgetown, Duke and Maryland players. Eddie played 20 minutes and had a tough time finding his touch, scoring 9 points on 2-for-8 shooting, including 0-for-3 shooting from 3-point range. He made 5 of 6 attempts from the free-throw line.

"I wish we could have came out with the win and I could have played a little better, contributed more to the team," Eddie said. "It’s an honor to come out and see those people."

It was Eddie's first visit to Washington since an eighth grade class field trip, in which he visited the monuments and other sites. This time, he said, he went on a tour of the U.S. Mint and spent time with his teammates, some of whom he was friendly with before this trip.

"That was really cool seeing all the money being made and seeing that process," Eddie said. "We also went to Dave and Busters and went to the mall and stuff like that."

Eddie does not have much time off between high school graduation and his departure for Blacksburg. He said he was planning on arriving at Virginia Tech on May 24 and that he would be attending both sessions of summer classes.

As it is, Eddie has already made a big impact for the Hokies. Virginia Tech recently inked perhaps its most highly touted recruit in program history, Marquis Rankin, thanks in part to the efforts of Eddie.

While the Hokies' coaches made a strong push and made contact early on with Rankin, Eddie is childhood friends with the point guard prospect. Eddie and Rankin play in the same Amateur Athletic Union program and have been close since age 9.

Eddie and Rankin visited Blacksburg for the Hokies' football win over Miami on Sept. 26. At that point, Eddie said, Rankin liked Virginia Tech, but was still looking at Wake Forest. Eddie said he was in constant contact with Rankin, as Virginia Tech's coaches told him to act as another pitch man for the Hokies' program. Rankin, who is in the high school class of 2011, called Eddie the day he decided on Virginia Tech.

"Next year, we’re going to be really good," Eddie said, adding that, if Malcolm Delaney comes back, "we’re thinking ACC tournament and we’ll definitely make it to the tournament next year, the big tournament."

By Mark Viera  |  April 16, 2010; 12:15 PM ET
 
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