Friday, February 15, 2013

German guard picks Virginia Tech

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BLACKSBURG -- Malik Mueller, a guard who attends a boarding school in Germany, said Thursday he has verbally committed to Virginia Tech.

The 6-foot-3 Mueller, who plays for a club team in Germany, said he also had offers from Utah, Evansville and Tennessee Tech.

Mueller has dual U.S. and German citizenship. His mother is from Germany and his father is from Florida. The Frankfurt native lives with his mother in Germany.

Mueller, who turned 19 last month, will be a Tech freshman in the fall.

He was the MVP of the 2010 Jordan Brand Classic international game at Madison Square Garden. He had 21 points and four 3-pointers in that game, which included players now in college, such as Anthony Bennett (UNLV) and Kevin Pangos (Gonzaga).

He also had exposure in America because his club team plays in a high school tournament in Tennessee each December.

Mueller, a member of the German under-20 national team, said he plays both guard positions but that Tech wants to use him as a point guard.

"I've been more focusing on playing point guard, but still I'm a scorer," he said while watching the Tech women's basketball game with his future teammates on his recruiting visit. "I can shoot the ball from outside, I can penetrate."

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