Updated: This story was just plain wrong. I was wrong. My apologies. See further up, Chaney will not be suiting up for the Hokies this season or ever.
TechHoops.com has it on good authority that #3 Allan Chaney will suit up for the Hokies next season. The 6’9″, 235 lbs. forward, who has been battling a heart ailment for the last year that kept him off the court, would add a big time low post presence to an inexperienced Virginia Tech team. Word on the street is he may even get back the year he lost due to his condition, perhaps making him just a sophomore next year.
This comes as a complete surprise to yours truly. What I had heard up until now was that Tech would never clear him, not wanting to take the chance on a ‘Hank Gathers’ situation. And that even if he did play, last year would count against him, making him a junior (you have to be injured two years usually to get a year back from the NCAA). But I should also state this is not 100% a done deal. I am just running with information I have from a source very close to the situation.
We are all still waiting to hear if the doctors have cleared him. It was stated after Allan’s procedure a few weeks ago that it would be a month or so before all test results were back. No new information has been made public about that. Official medical word is due out in the next few weeks as those results from his late May procedure come back.
Chaney was a 4-star and top 100 recruit according to most services back in 2008. He played his freshman year at florida, averaging 3 points and 2 rebounds in 10 minutes per game. Allan transferred after that 2008-09 season. He sat out the 2009-10 season due to transfer rules, then lost last season with the heart condition. In other words, he hasn’t played a major college game in over two years. That said, the team raved about him during his transfer redshirt year.
Allan was a childhood friend of Malcolm Delaney.