With the news that 2008 signee Kendall Durant, a guard from the DC area via New Hampton Prep in New Hampshire, will not enroll at Virginia Tech, the cupboard remains bare in the backcourt for VT for at least another year.Â
ThisÂ will leave just two from the 2008 Class – Victor Davila and Gene Swindle, both of which are big men and will leave a hole at the guard position until the two 2009 signees (Ben Boggs and Erick Green) arrive.
Personally, I think the Hokies desperately needed another guard for next season.Â Hank Thorns has not shown he is an ACC caliber guard, but he is VT’s best ball-handler.Â Malcolm Delaney is better at shooting guard, but will have to continue to eat up minutes at the point next year.
A scholarship is now available for either immediate help, or could be used to sign someone for the 2009 Class.Â While it is unlikely Tech will sign someone this late for next season, they do have some recent history with this.Â Hank Thorns did not commit or sign with VT until May 30th last year.Â
For next season, expect Thorns and Delaney to split time at the point while Delaney and Hudson play the 2.Â Terrell Bell and possibly even A.D. Vassallo might also get time at the shooting guard spot, though they are a better fit as a 3.
Looking ahead, Erick Green is more of a point guard than Ben Boggs.Â Expect him to challenge Thorns for the starting point guard spot for the 2009-10 season, with Delaney and Dorenzo Hudson at shooting guard.