True freshman Marshall Wood is out indefinitely with a left foot fracture suffered in Tech’s loss to georgia southern Saturday. The foot apparently will not require surgery, but will keep him out several weeks, though no official timetable has been set yet. He should be able to return to action before the end of the season.
With the Hokies only having eight scholarship players, and severe rebounding problems, this is a significant blow to the Hokies. Wood had played in all 10 games and had chipped in 4.5 rebounds per game in 18 minutes of action. He also averaged 5.8 points per game, though he was just shooting 31% from the field and was 5/28 (18%) on 3s.
Expect more walk-ons, like 6’7″ Christian Beyer, to get some time. He played some meaningful minutes at the end of the first half against mvsu on Monday and has appeared in half of Tech’s games. Tech will also have to likely move Jarell Eddie back to the power forward spot at times, something they did last year (heck, he played the 5 against fsu for a few minutes), but his natural spot is the 3. Also expect Tech to go small at times with Rankin, Green, and Brown in at the same time.
I won’t say the sky is falling or that the wheels are coming off, but considering VT’s depth and rebounding issues, things just got a lot bleaker in terms of ACC play. VT will really need to rely on outside shooting and more fast break points, their formula for success earlier this season.