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Niemo’s Notes: NCAA Tourney Expansion Too Late for the Hokies

UPDATES:

  • According to the Washington Post, Allan Chaney collapsed during a workout and was taken to the hospital.  Seth Greenberg, who was away, returned to campus.  The article says it is not serious, but having just watched the ESPN 30 for 30 special on Paul Westhead (and the tragedy of Hank Gathers), you always are concerned.  Hopefully it is nothing heart related, and just was dehydration.
  • Bill Courtney will be named cornell’s Head Coach on Friday at 3 PM (RTD Article).  Courtney was at VT for just one year and is now the second VT assistant to leave Tech in the last 10 days along with Ryan Odom. 
  • The other assistant, James Johnson, did not get the gardner-webb Head Coaching position, so he will be back next year as of now.

Here’s some recent news I’ve come across of late of interest to Hokie basketball fans:

  • NCAA Tourney to go to 68 Teams: It looks like the NCAA Tournament will go from 65 to 68 teams starting next season.  Would Tech have made the NCAA Tournament this year if it had been 68?  I’m 90% sure it would have, but who knows.  And there’s no point crying over spilled milk at this point.  This should help the Hokies chances though going forward.  If VT doesn’t make the Big Dance next year with what they (should) have coming back, then something seriously went wrong.  Tech should not even be close to the bubble next season.
  • Tech already lost one assistant coach, Ryan Odom, to unc-charlotte (Article) and could lose two more.  James Johnson interviewed to be gardner-webb’s Head Coach and Bill Courtney interviewed for cornell’s vacancy.  Both are waiting to hear back: Richmond Times Dispatch Article
  • Doug Doughty of the Roanoke Times thinks Adrian Autry will be named one assistant (he’s already the Director of Basketball Operations).  If that name rings a bell, Autry was an absolute stud for syracuse in the early-90s.  He averaged double digits his final three years at the ‘cuse and finished with over 1500 points.  He was Third Team All-Big East his junior year and First Team his senior season.  Adrian didn’t get drafted or play in the NBA, but did play in Europe for several years.
  • Doughty also mentioned he’s heard that the Hokies aren’t sure 2010 signee Tyrone Garland will meet NCAA eligibility guidelines.  That would stink to lose out on Tyrone, who is a scoring machine at combo guard.  He’s cut from the same mold as Malcolm Delaney, in my opinion.  Apparently Greenberg was scouting a point guard in Slovenia as a backup plan, though the Hokies already have a commitment from Marquis Rankin, a stud PG in the ’11 class.

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  • HokieGuru

    Great post!!

    I like the prospect of bringing on Dino Gaudio… David Teel mentions that:

    http://vt.bb.fanfoc.us/en/Post.10818.aspx

    Good work, guy.

  • chicagomaroon

    Niemo, how sure are you that Tyrone Garland won’t be joining us? That would absolutely suck, not because I think Tyrone is going to have any significant impact his first year with us, but that if Seth is really thinking about pursuing a Slovenian guard, he is likely to have the effect that previous foreign players Robert Krabbendam or Chieck Diakite had, or former last minute reaches Hank Thorns or even project Gene Swindle had. Especially since we are loaded next year if Malcolm returns, and Tyrone would be fighting for time, if he can’t come, I’d much rather have Greenberg save that scholarship for the next year to give us 4 open slots with 7 uncommitted players 4 stars or higher (according to Scout) to help us have an ABSOLUTELY ELITE CLASS! We are at the point where we don’t need to reach anymore!

    • Niemo

      CM – I’m not sure at all, just going by what I read on Roanoke Times. Haven’t heard it from anywhere else. but Doughty does have strong connections.

      As for Garland contributing next year, I wouldn’t expect much, if anything, and not just because we are loaded. Look back on when Dowdell and Gordon were freshmen – they had a lot of struggles. Same with Delaney/Thorns. Same with Green. And the cupboard was bare in the first two examples I gave. Being a freshman guard in the ACC is extremely difficult. Very few have succeeded. It takes at least a year to adjust to the level of competition and the extended three-point line, etc. Look at Larry Drew – he still stinks after two years.

      And in terms of saving the schollie, I don’t think that’s an issue. We can take five next year as it is, and only have two commits (both are big time). I think filling six with six big time players would be tough. So whether we use it now on a sleeper or then, I’m not sure it matters.

  • Danram

    Point of order, Niemo: We currently have three commits for the 2011 class, not two. You forgot 6’4″ shooting guard Robert Brown out of Florida. He may not be rated in the Top 30 like Rankin and Barksdale are. But he’s a Top 100-level player and the fact that VT offered and accepted a verbal from him so early, even though we’re in on so many other top-ranked players, tells me the coaching staff really likes his game.

    As for Garland, I really hope he can make it too. While I wouldn’t expect him to start and average 16 points a game for us, at the same time the kid’s obviously a scorer and can potentially give us another perimeter scoring threat, which is never a bad thing. Any kid that can put up over 2,200 caree points playing against Philadelphia competition is a kid I want on our team.

  • telemachus

    Says the concern with Garland is that he might not be eligible. I guess we’ll have to wait and see…

    I hear we just had Dai-Jon Parker in Blacksburg. That would be another huge, huge get for the 2011 class… Rivals has him ranked #17 (9 spots higher than Rankin with an extra star). Scout.com has him a little lower (9 spots below Rankin, equal stars).

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