Virginia Tech Basketball: Sean Pedulla, the first commitment of 2021 class

Virginia Tech Basketball secured the first commitment of its 2021 class. Here’s a look at how Sean Pedulla fits into the Hokies’ future.

Virginia Tech Basketball has earned the first commitment of its 2021 recruiting class as of Monday night. 6-foot-1 guard Sean Pedulla announced via Twitter that he has committed to the Hokies over Minnesota and Oklahoma State. He also held offers from Troy, Texas State, St. Louis, and Wofford.

Pedulla is another crafty guard that can score the basketball on all three levels, similar to the skillset of current sophomore Jalen Cone, but he’s a lot more deliberate about getting to the rim and finishing in traffic.

Cone led the Hokies in 3-point field goal percentage (45.7) and finished second in 3-pointers made (64) while producing 8.0 points and 1.1 rebounds per contest.

Given Pedulla still has another year to prepare and develop at the high school level, his trajectory is hard to project, but it’s worth noting how well Cone did in Year 1 under head coach Mike Young when looking at a similar prospect.

Pedulla is a native of Edmond, Oklahoma (Memorial High School), and turned heads on the grassroots scene when he went off for 31 points with Team Buddy Buckets against Drive Nation this past July during the Circuit League.

He’s a lot bigger in stature than Cone but possesses similar range on the perimeter. He’s also got a fearless knack for attacking the paint and finishing in the paint, which makes him quite the next-level threat. With the departure of Wabissa Bede and Carter Diarra in 2020-21, he has an opportunity to compete right away for playing time in the Hokies’ backcourt.

As junior he knocked down 44 3-pointers while averaging 17.2 points per contest at Edmond Memorial High School as they went 20-4 in 2019-20. He’s got an extremely high IQ for creating off the bounce and always keeps the defense guessing given his ability to score in a variety of ways. He’s got the fundamentals to contribute right away when he arrives in Blacksburg.