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There is no offseason for TechHoops.com!  Well, for Niemo at least.  Be sure to keep checking in occasionally for the latest news and original content related to everything Virginia Tech basketball.  Here are some of the things I’ll be working on in the near future:

  • 2010-11 Season Highlight Video – A look back at the season that was (and wasn’t and almost was).
  • When Does ‘Almost Good Enough’ Become No Longer Good Enough?  Expectation setting (from my perspective) for the program in the next few years.
  • Top 10 Hokies of All Time - Each Friday starting April 8th we’ll count down from 10 to 1 the greatest Hokie basketball players of all time.  I know Malcolm Delaney will be on the list… will Jeff Allen make it?  Who’s #1?  Do I come up with a scientific method of rating guys or is it completely at my whim?  Or did I take a list of guys to the zoo house and have monkeys select the order?
  • Interviews - I hope to check in with some of our former stars, like Zabian Dowdell or Ace Custis (no promises on either), after their seasons are complete.

And, as always, you’ll get updates on:

  • Everything VT basketball
  • Recruiting - more on VT’s first verbal commit of 2012 as well as updates on the 2011 class.
  • Injuries - how guys like Zo, JT, Allan, Cadarian, and Davila are progressing.
  • Pirated Highlights!  (Shhhhhhh)
  • The ACC - who is the next Sidney Lowe or Paul Hewitt?  No, wait, those guys were once in a decade bad.  We’ll also look ahead to the 2011-12 season for the ACC.

While content will slow down a bit (thank goodness I get 8 months off from writing previews), we will make sure you stay on top of everything Hokie hoops related.  The countdown to 2011-12 begins!

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Niemo is a member of the VT Class of '98. While not a professional journalist by any stretch, Niemo analyzes and breaks down every minute of Hokie hoop action. He also researches topics of interest such as Hokie recruits, program revenue, statistical data on the team, previews VT opponents, and discusses his favorite bourbons/Scotches. In addition to his passion for Hokie hoops, Niemo has attended 126 straight VT football home games (every game since '94), eclipsing the 100 mark in September of '09 and recently attended his 20th consecutive VT/uva game. During the final home basketball game of his senior year, he was brought onto the court and was awarded 2 passes to the Atlantic 10 Basketball Tournament in Philly during a timeout for being a "Super Fan" during his time at VT. The Hokie Bird made the award on behalf of Athletic Director Jim Weaver. Niemo was known to be in the front row of every home game with his familiar red afro hairdo.

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  • Smitty (Hokie in FL)

    Niemo:

    You guys do a great job. Thanks for helping keeping a frustrating season entertaining. You and Copa help us keep a positive edge as fans through adversity. True Hokie Spirit!! Thanks. We’ll stay tuned. A better future for Tech hoops seems to be upon us.

  • chuck

    We can always keep tabs on baseball too!

    Top 10 Hokies:

    1) Bimbo
    2) Dell
    3) Ace
    4) Delaney
    5) Dowdell
    6) Solomon
    7) The Good/Watlington combo
    8 ) J Gordon
    9) Ron Perry
    10) Allen (too hard to ignore the career lists)

    HM: Lancaster, Bristow, Shawn Smith, B Matthews, Jim Jackson, C Collins

    Just glad we can talk about something other than this teams shortcomings, injuries, or otherwise.

    BTW, would love to know a stat….let’s call it crucial possession stop %….where we are coming out of a TO with under 2 minutes, the other team up a score, or within a score…wonder how clutch we are since Seth took over.

    • Niemo

      Chuck – I’m a huge VT baseball fan, too. I debated about walking on at VT (not saying I would have made it, just saying I thought about it and think I’d have had a chance based on my speed/defense). I decided instead to stay buzzed for four years and now coach on the HS level (love that). That said, after last year’s great season, I knew we’d have to take it on the chin a bit this year. I’ve actually been pleasantly surprised by our starting pitching but our hitting hasn’t quite panned out as well as hoped. And we can’t seem to win a close game in conference.

  • King

    Niemo, many thanks to you and Cope for running a top-notch site for Hokie bball enthusiasts. Techhoops is my unequivocal go-to source for news & information regarding the team. Sounds like you’ve got some interesting content planned to help get us through the summer doldrums, when most news outlets seemingly cease all coverage of Virginia Tech sports until mid to late August. Keep up the great work man!

    • Niemo

      King, Smitty, Ryan, RK, Griffith, Chris, Guru, Goodraisin, Hokiegrad, and others – thanks so much for the kind words. This is much more a labor of love than anything tangible. So the little things like positive comments to our work mean a lot.

      And I’ll let you all in on a not so well kept secret – I’ve actually been working in the UK for the last month. That said, I managed to watch every VT game thanks to the ESPN College Hoops package (you cannot get ESPN3 internationally), theACC.com, and ESPN America. And with the 5-hour time difference, there were a lot of 2-4 AM (or later) games, which was especially tough on weeknights (really enjoyed the gt/fsu back-to-back 2:30 AM’ers). I’d nap, watch the game, try to go to bed but would inevitably be stuck awake with joy (or sorrow), get up at 7:30 and head off to work. I can’t exactly say I’m sad to not have any more nights of that.

      I almost didn’t take the role/project because I knew it would mean missing the rest of the season (yes, I’m that crazy). I actually delayed my trip by a few days so I could go to gt/VT and the Hokie Celebration (I couldn’t miss the arm curls, could I?). Watching the duke game online instead of being there in Section 7 probably made me more homesick than anything else. While I’ve enjoyed this opportunity, I’ll enjoy being back in Cassell even more next year and watching the next wave of recruits build their legacy, along with seeing Zo, JT, and the other vets back. Cheers!

  • chuck

    The ACC is a tough nut to crack. We were at VT during the same timeframe mid-90s, and it’s a way different landscape now…

    Losing one of the brothhers to Frances Marion U in SC is going to hurt, as we already had a lot to replace…that said, having high draft choices raises your profile…we’ve come a long way since Brad Klontz.

    You coach HS up here? You live in Arlington you said, so if you are coaching W&L or Y-Town or Wakefield…those were all HS rivals.

    • Niemo

      Chuck – WT Woodson – I have connections with their regular season coach. I run the summer and fall programs and am the PA announcer during the regular season (well, I will be when I’m back in the states).

  • http://www.heyhokie.com Goodraisin

    As always, love this site… you guys do a fantastic job and mostly get paid in arm curls. I’m really looking forward to the class coming in next season, and openly wondering if the team’s positivity and ability to perform in the clutch will increase with Delaney and Allen gone. There, I said it… I think their negative in-game attitudes affect guys like Green and Hudson, who will be the team leaders next season. At any rate, with 3 seniors, 2 juniors, 3 sophomores (4 with Chaney), and 4 freshmen contributing… I really like our balance. I don’t see any reason why we can’t be competitive in the ACC next season.

    • Niemo

      Raisin – Chaney will be a junior next year. Freshman – florida, redshirt – last year (2009-10), sophomore – this year (one year with an injury counts no matter what), junior – next year. If he’s out with his heart condition again next year, he could apply for a 6th year down the line but that’s a ways off, and if he even ever plays again.

  • hokiegrad

    I have to chime in here as well. I LOVE this site. Y’all do an absolutely wonderful job, and it’s obviously appreciated by more than a few. Thank you!

  • chuck

    Ah…Woodson…I remember facing Jason Love in Little League and getting mowed down…

    They had a couple more players i’m familiar with…Frankie Weaver and Wooliver….great program over there…

    Definitely you should come in to HTC Fairfax for dinner on me after a game when you get back stateside…i am right across from the courthouse…be my way of paying back…sit at my bar downstairs…8 beer limit…you have to drive.

    • Niemo

      Chuck – ha! I’ll take you up on the dinner but the driving thing… I’ll find another way around that. Maybe I’ll use the TechHoops.com-copter.

  • hokiegrad

    chuck – Chris Smith has to be on that top 10 list.

    • Niemo

      Hokiegrad – having met Chris and seen his numbers, it would be tough to leave him off. I think the only way you could is because the game was different and it was a bit easier to put up astronomical rebounding numbers… that said, his stats are still freakish.

  • chuck

    Forgot Chris Smith…he’ll probably replace the Good/Watlington combo on my list…just that easy…those two probably are HM at best individually…

    Pretty cool that nobody took umbrage at the rest of it though…we’ll wait and see what Niemo has when it’s time…

    I just needed to break the shackles of underachievement (or was it overachievement due to injury, this season very tough to classify)…and discuss something else…

  • chuck

    I think Hudson coming back and playing off a true PG, with Brown as the 3rd guard off the bench makes for potentially the best backcourt rotation in the ACC…I am excited.

    We lost 15ppg this year when Hudson went down…i think he can easily avg 18-20 ppg if that’s needed…i am hoping we have 5 guys between 12 and 15, and 2 more in the 6-8 ppg range, flex the balance and depth….

  • chuck

    Was watching Norcom/Norfolk Catholic highlights…and while DFS is a helluva prospect he looks like a child next to James McAdoo (UNC recruit)…

    Norcom had a great team, i need to look up where their silky smooth 2G is going…he’s a good shooter….

    From the looks of things, DFS could even play some 2G maybe…at 6’7…he projects there as a pro most likely….

  • chrishokie

    Niemo/Cope – is there any way you can send an automatic e-mail to us (those who want it) when you post a new article in the off-season?

    I’ve become a VT baseball fan as well (winning will do that – I even got into softball when we had Tincher). I have gone to see them play GT a couple times here in Atlanta and spent the weekend in Columbia last year watching us in the the first round of the NCAA. We lost a lot of talent last year.

    Also, our track team has become pretty good too. There is a big meet here this weekend and a few of us may go hang out there at GT on Saturday.

    • Niemo

      Chris – I think if you subscribe to Feedburner (link bottom-right corner of our page) you can get an update whenever we post something. But I’m not sure… I know already whenever I post something! Try that out though.

  • chuck

    In my haste earlier, i think i’d like to replace Allen with AD Vassallo…

    And in terms of national impact, Deron Washington brought a ton of visibility to our program…he’s def Hon Mention…

  • chrishokie

    Goodraisin – I echo your comments about our senior leaders. In the last 4 years, in 10 home NIT games (I am pretty sure we were favored in all of them) we were 6-4. Let’s face it, the first round is a near gimmie (except Duquesne I guess). So, then we are 2-4 in games after the first round. Something is wrong there. You would expect at worse a 4-2 record which would have probably gotten us to MSG at least once in the last 4 years. I don’t know if it’s a player character issue or a coaching issue (we get outcoached against teams we are not as familiar with) but the pattern is too hard to ignore. I’d be interested to hear the thoughts of others. While Erick Green is not as talented as Delaney his court demeanor and lack of turnovers tells me he may have a better head for leading a team. I see Hudson and JT in the same light as Green.

    Along that same line, I was watching the NCAA and the plethora of upsets. I cannot recall a time in the history of VT basketball where we have ever upset a higher seeded team or won in an underdog role in a national tournament. Hokiesports.com has our history in tournament play (may have happened in the 60s NCAA). NIT seeding is a more recent thing I realize. We have either held serve or been the upset victim. And then you see what Richmond, VCU, Butler and FSU did this weekend and you go, “damn!” how come that has never happened to us? Am I wrong about this?

  • ryan

    chrishokie, funny you should bring up the whole attitude/leadership thing. I just posted my feelings about these guys on the Seniors thread. basically, I think with all the talent they had, they badly lacked leadership, maturity and a positive attitude which I think really bit them in the butt. they really looked better as a team with Deron and AD in leadership roles

    • Niemo

      Ryan – I believe Deron was more of a leader by example and A.D… well, let’s just say he came out and played. I think we struggled in terms of leadership those years, too, especially A.D.’s senior year (current seniors’ sophomore year). If you remember, that’s the year we went 7-9 in conference and also got bounced in the 2nd round of the NIT. Deron’s Sr yr/Fr yr for these guys I think they were all playing hard and growing as a team and had come together. The lack of leadership hadn’t really become an issue yet and there weren’t factions in terms of relationships.

  • LuvzAznChix

    Hey, wait a sec, chuck! How could you not put D. Washington up on that list of top 10!?!?!? Put him up there! It’s not like he had the foul trouble that Allen had!

  • Zack

    Thanks again for keeping the site going in the off-season. Definitely looking forward to it.

    So I didn’t know where to post this, but uh… is this Momo Jones from Arizona that I’ve been seeing tear it up the past few weeks the same Momo Jones that gave us a verbal back in the day?… Psshh whatever I prefer Erick Green anyway!

    • Niemo

      Zack – thanks for the kind words.. and yes, that’s that Momo. I knew he’d be a special talent. My only concern was that he could be a disease on a team as he seems a bit selfish and had flair when it wasn’t needed. Looks like it is working out for him at arizona. We’ll see if that continues when/if times are tough. But I don’t dislike him. He’s no benedict gilchrist in my book. So no ill will here.

  • http://stores.ebay.com/hip-hop-heads-vinyl-crates HipHop_Hokie

    @chuck DeCarlos Anderson – Norcom’s silky smooth 2G – still doesn’t have a college home yet. I’m not sure if it’s a grades issue or what, but my guess is that he’s either going to have to go the prep school or community college route.

    @Zack yep that’s Lamont “MoMo” Jones. He only gave us what I would call a “soft” verbal before committing to Southern Cal, before Tim Floyd was let go as their coach. He was then able to back out of that committment and landed in the Arizona Wildcats program. While Zona has obviously had a bit better success than we have NCAA tournament-wise (though our team would certainly be ripping up the Pac-10), I definitely agree that we got at least a player that’s as good as – if not better than – MoMo in Erick Green. Throwing out their freshman-year stats since Erick didn’t get to play as much as MoMo, look at what they have done this year. MoMo = 9.5ppg, 1.6rpg, 2.4apg (1.21 assist-to-turnover ratio) … Erick = 11.6ppg, 2.3rpg, 2.7apg (2.26 a/to ratio). More points… more boards… better numbers in the most crucial stat of a PG (a/to)… yeah I’m happy with Erick.

    @Niemo well another year in the books. I, too, loudly echo all of the sentiments that others have written about how great the site is. You know from my posts that I stay pretty much glued to it. I just wrote my long diatribe regarding this senior bunch on the previous post, and like I said there… I have never been more excited about VT basketball than I am for this fall. Be ready.

  • chuck

    It was Jeremy Canty i was actually thinking of…

    Anderson was the big wing or even the 3…with DFS playing the 3 or 4…and Mack playing 4 or 5….

    Jeremy Canty’s stroke looks smoother, while DeCarlos looks more athletic with more skills at the rim…

  • chuck

    Erick Green is deceivingly big…he’s 6’4 but he hunches over some, and he has real long arms….which he’s shredded significantly since coming to Blacksburg.

    To think he might have transferred at the end of next season if he didn’t get the opportunity to play is frightening. Odds are had Hudson stayed healthy, he’d have never gotten minutes this year; and it would have been a crapshoot with Rankin/Brown already having established chemistry at Hargrave…he might’ve started next year on the bench also.

    • Niemo

      Davila hunches over a lot, too. Speaking of bigs – that Stotz guy for wichita state… what was his story coming out of HS? Was he a complete project? An uncoordinated 7-footer? I mean, do ACC schools think they are above projects? We have been so in need of bigs I almost wonder if it isn’t worth the risk on a project. Then I think about Krabbendam… Hmm.

  • 86CvilleHokie

    Hey Neimo, just want to say thanks for running the site. Hokie news here in hooVille is hard to come by, so it is greatly appreciated.

    I dont know if the stats stack up, but I nominate Perry Young for consideration for the top 10. He played a lot bigger than his size at PF and was also fun to watch back in the day.

    • Niemo

      Niemo, not neimo! ‘i’ before ‘e’ except after ‘c’! Thanks… we do what we can and shall continue to.

  • VTGoad

    Love checking this site for recruiting news in the offseason. That said, last weekend at the ACIT tournament in Frostburg, MD I got a glimpse of two potential 2013 class Virginia Tech recruits. 6’1″, 160, PG Nate Britt and 6’6″, 245, SF Kris Jenkins both out of Gonzaga College High School in Washington, DC. The local paper in Frostburg reported that both have offers from Virginia Tech among a handful of other top schools. Jenkins was inactive due to an injury the night before, but looked huge on the bench (and he’s only a sophomore)! Britt fed the ball to his teammates with nice precision. He didn’t show much in attacking the basket, but he had a smooth outside shot.

    Also in the tournament was #28 ESPNU, 6’6″, 194, SF Michael Gbinije out of Benedictine High School (Richmond, VA). He’s committed to Duke next year, and he fits the Duke stereotype. Very smart on the basketball court, excellent shooter, and plays stronger than his weight suggests. It was his unlucky job to guard 6’8″, 265, PF Beejay Anya (sophomore) out of Dematha High School, and he showed some strength in boxing out to get a few rebounds that most would not gave gotten considering the mismatch. The only negative I saw in his game was that he tends to go in spurts with his aggressiveness. At times he’d take the game over and at times you wouldn’t even know he was on the court. Coach K is the type of coach that won’t let that demeanor continue. Duke is getting another very solid player.

    This is a fun tournament to attend, and if you all are every in the western Maryland area, I’d encourage you to check it out (link below). Over the years, I’ve gotten a chance to watch Carmelo Anthony, Rudy Gay, Malcolm Delaney, Keith Boggins, Joe Forte, etc. Out of all of those players, Rudy Gay was the most amazing as a high school player. His dunking ability at that early age literally brought down the house in the dunk contest.

    http://www.alhambratournament.org/

  • RK in Roanoke

    So Niemo – if you get around to glasgow, there is a hole in the wall bar called “The Pot Still” that has an AMAZING collection of single malts. And the staff is really knowledgeable about what they sell. Worth the trip north if you are in england rather than scotland. beautiful country, too. Try the haggis, it’s as bad as you’d think, but try it.
    On the top 10, I second the inclusion of Perry young. Dell was great, but Perry Young was the heart of that team. He just worked hard all of the time. That team with Al Young, Keith Colbert and Bobby Beecher was really good. The hurryin’ hokies! Good times.

    • Niemo

      RK – I’m hitting Edinburgh next week but not Glasgow. I will sample my share of single malts though!

  • RK in Roanoke

    Niemo – I tried to send you a few photos of Edinburgh and they bounced from niemo@techhoops.com. I recall someone else had an issue on an earlier post.
    I went in June and it was a hot day in Edinburgh, all of 60F. gets windy up on those castle walls, too. Enjoy.

    • Niemo

      RK – I’ll have to check on that.

  • http://www.heyhokie.com Goodraisin

    chuck, I think that in your haste, you left off Mibindo Dongo. It’s cool, I am sure it was just a mistake. I couldn’t tell you anything about his stats, but I can tell I loved yelling, “DONGO!!!” any time that he managed to do something positive. That has to count for something.

    chrishokie, those statistics are haunting. If you are familiar with the work of Bill Simmons, I think there’s a ton of Ewing Theory potential for next season.

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