Virginia Tech’s future became Virginia Tech’s present on Wednesday night. The talented recruiting class of Dorian Finney-Smith, Robert Brown, C.J. Barksdale, and Marquis Rankin (plus recent addition Joey van Zegeren) made their debuts as the Hokies took down the lancers by a 73 to 61 score in Windsor, Ontario, Canada*. Tech also welcomed back three players that missed most, or all, of last season – JT Thompson, Dorenzo Hudson, and Cadarian Raines.
Finney-Smith did not disappoint in his Hokie debut. Tech’s highest rated recruit since Dell Curry had 15 points, grabbed 8 rebounds, and dished out 4 assists. He led, or tied for the team high, in each of those three categories. Dorian also drilled 2/3 3-pointers, an area that is not considered a strength of his game yet but would be a big plus to a 3-point challenged Hokie squad.
Erick Green also had 15 points to pace the Hokies and snagged 4 steals.
Cadarian Raines, a r-sophomore, might have been the most pleasant surprise of last night – the big man had 12 points and 8 rebounds, showing his improved health and being the force the Hokies desperately need inside.
Freshmen Robert Brown and C.J. Barksdale had 6 points each.
Tech shot 45% from the field and 24% from behind the arc (this is going to be a concern for the Hokies this year – they do not have any sure fire 3-point shooters returning from last year’s squad). VT did dominate the glass, garnering a 16-5 edge in offensive rebounds.
The two teams will meet one more time on Thursday morning to wrap up the preseason exhibition games for the Hokies.
*Windsor is just east of Detroit across the border.