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Four-star point guard Bede picks Hokies

Wabissa Bede (Adidas/Kelly Kline)

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Virginia Tech landed its second four-star guard in the class of 2017 on Wednesday when it added the No. 66-ranked player, Wabissa Bede.

A 6-foot-1 point guard at Ashburnham (Mass.) Cushing Academy, Bede said the reason for picking the Hokies was pretty simple.

"The reason I chose Virginia Tech is because I felt the most comfortable with them."

More importantly, Bede felt a strong bond with head coach Buzz Williams.

"My relationship with him was really good, that's why I picked them," Bede said. "As a point guard I'm the coach on the floor. I have to see what the coach sees at all times."

Bede is a solid shooter and passer, and he's also a good defender. However, his intangibles such as his will to win and natural leadership abilities make him special.

Virginia Tech fans can expect Bede to quickly turn into a crowd favorite.

"I'm the energy guy," he said. "I like the crowd to get hype, it feels good. They need a point guard and I feel like I can step in and be that guy."

With his recruitment out of the way, Bede is finally taking some time to enjoy the journey. In a short period of time he went from unranked and unknown to one of the most coveted players in the country. A lot of that happened because of the way he led the Mass Rivals summer program on the Adidas Gauntlet circuit.

"It feels great man; this process wasn't easy," Bede said. "I surprised myself too because before July, me and coach Vin Pastore and coach Tom Nelson talked and I kind of had a top five. I had a pretty good July so I had to start over.

"I'm happy those new schools expressed interest in me because it shows that my game has improved."

Bede joins a class that already includes smooth shooting guard Nickeil Alexander-Walker, who ranks No. 35 overall in the 2017 Rivals150.