Future Hokie Spotlight: Sean Pedulla
Mike Young and company took a virtual trip to Oklahoma in October of 2020, securing a commitment from Edmond, Oklahoma native Sean Pedulla.
“It was just the relationship with the coaches that I had and the interest that the coaches at Tech showed me more than the other schools,” Pedulla said. “It was the constant communication and checking in on me, seeing how I was feeling. That was the biggest thing that separated Virginia Tech from the other two.”
The Memorial High School point guard is the 2nd-ranked player in Oklahoma, 14th-ranked combo guard and 136th-ranked player nationally according to 247Sports.
The Hokies had some strong competition for the highly coveted Pedulla in schools such as Oklahoma State and Minnesota, but Mike Young and his staff prevailed in the end.
Another distinguishing factor that played a big role in Pedulla’s interest in the Hokies was the style of play that Young provides.
“Coach Young has done really well with guys like me when he was at Wofford,” Pedulla said. “I thought that if I was going to be successful in college, I’d have to play for a coach that understood me and had some faith in me and I thought he’d be the best option for that.”
Despite the odd circumstances of living in a world dealing with COVID-19, Pedulla remains unbothered as he has lead his team to a 10-1 start and a #1 6A ranking in the state of Oklahoma.
With the vacancies left by Wabissa Bede and Cartier Diarra going into the 2021-22 campaign, Pedulla looks to provide an instant spark to next year’s team.
“One thing that I can provide that Bede does well is distributing the ball and being a vocal leader,” Pedulla said. “Scoring is definitely what I bring most to the table. Shooting the ball with range is one of my best attributes.”
Despite the large amount of attention garnered by Pedulla, it is business as usual for him, blocking out any outside noise.
“I don’t let what other people are saying affect me in anyway,” Pedulla said. “I don’t really pay attention to the social media aspect of things, it’s all just talk.”
When Pedulla steps on the floor next year for the Hokies, he plans to portray a business-like nature while also proving that he’s a team player, putting others before himself.
“I just handle my business and I don’t really talk too much,” Pedulla said. “One thing you’ll learn about me fast is that I just lay low, I don’t get too high and I don’t get too low.”
Not only does Pedulla bring an arsenal of skills to the court, he brings the same energy and potential to the classroom. He plans on majoring in general engineering but leaves the door open to becoming a doctor just like his father.
Hokies fans will be back in Cassell cheering on Pedulla next season, a proven scorer and team-first player who is sure to bring many memories that fans will remember forever.