The Toronto native visited Maryland recently but is expected to commit to Virginia Tech.

Nickeil Alexander-Walker, a four-star Class of 2017 guard prospect and Maryland target, orally committed to Virginia Tech on Thursday night.

"I'd like to announce that I'll be committing to Virginia Tech University," he said in an Instagram video.


Alexander-Walker, rated the No. 62 prospect nationally and the No. 14 shooting guard among rising seniors in the 247Sports Composite rankings, visited College Park and Blacksburg recently. A Toronto native who plays at Hamilton Heights Christian (Tenn.), the 6-foot-5 prospect called the Terps offer he received in February a "dream come true," according to HoopSeen.com, but also noted his close relationship with Virginia Tech assistant coach Jamie McNeilly, who is also from Canada.

Maryland has no public oral commitments for its Class of 2017.

Alexander-Walker visited Blacksburg Monday and Tuesday after spending the weekend in College Park.

The Terps hosted both Alexander-Walker and fellow Canadian Justin Jackson over the weekend. Jackson, a 6-7, 220-pound forward who had initially committed to Nevada-Las Vegas for 2016, is also reportedly visiting Oregon before making a decision.

Though Maryland coach Mark Turgeon didn't want to lose Alexander-Walker, the Terps are fairly deep at shooting guard for the next couple of years, with Dion Wiley having three years of eligibiity remaining after missing last season with a knee injury, as well as incoming 6-7 combo guard Kevin Huerter.

According to InsideMDSports.com, the Terps are still recruiting shooting guards M.J. Walker, D.J. Harvey (Dematha) and Hamidou Diallo and recently made an offer to Brandon Randolph.  Another four-star shooting guard, Elias Harden, told InsideMDSports.com that he hopes to visit Maryland, Ohio State and Florida State.

The Terps are also expected to host graduate transfer L.G. Gill, who played his first three seasons at Duquesne, this weekend. Gill, a 6-8, 215-pound forward, averaged over 10 points and six rebounds as a junior and will be immediately eligible once he graduates this summer.

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