Wilson’s Darren Buchanan Jr., the area’s top public school player, commits to Virginia Tech

Written by: Tramel Raggs

For as long as Darren Buchanan Sr. can remember, D.C. has been enamored with his son.

Dating from Darren Jr.’s time as a highly recruited youth league quarterback, members of all four D.C. corridors have showered Buchanan with the ultimate signs of respect and admiration: nicknames.

From “The Prospect” to “June” — a Southern twist on Darren Jr. being the second to behold his name — to his father’s personal favorite, “Eye of the City,” the Wilson basketball star has heard them all.

On Saturday afternoon, the three-star recruit added a nickname of his own to the burgeoning list: Hokie. Buchanan announced his commitment to play at Virginia Tech, becoming the first D.C. Interscholastic Athletic Association boys’ basketball player to commit to a Power Five school since 2019.

“To watch him carry the weight of those expectations and get to a place where he can continue his legacy at an ACC school, that’s big time,” Buchanan Sr. said. “I honestly get emotional just thinking about it sometimes.”

After he received his first Division I offer from Bryant and earned DCIAA player of the year honors as a sophomore, the 6-foot-7 wing’s recruitment hit a bit of a lull when the pandemic halted high school sports in D.C. for roughly 18 months.

Read more at Washington Post.

Photo:  (Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post)

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