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Next Year’s Team: “Experience”

This coming season, the Hokies will have just four returning players who came to Virginia Tech as scholarship players (so that excludes guys like Will Johnston and Christian Beyer who have played a lot, but were walk-ons).  Those four are Malik Mueller, Joey van Zegeren, Adam Smith, and Devin Wilson.  Mueller redshirted last season, so he hasn’t suited up for the Hokies.  Wilson and Smith were in their first season at Tech last year.  That leaves JvZ as the lone scholarship upperclassman that started his career at VT.

Combined, next year’s scholarship roster has played in just 108 games combined at VT with 68 starts and 742 career points.  Heck, our returning walk-ons have 234 points, so about 30% of our scholarship guys.

Needless to say, program sales do very well in the first month or two of the season.

And I’ll say this — I’ll take it.  Maybe we’d have seen some improvement next year under JJ (could we have won fewer than 2 ACC games?).  But we needed to bomb this program, and that’s what has been done.  We have a great staff on hand in which I trust.  And if they fail, at least we tried and brought in the best we could have hoped for.

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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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2 Responses to “Next Year’s Team: “Experience””

  1. King says:

    Interested to see if Buzz will award scholarships to Johnston and/or Beyer, who he’ll name captain(s), and if there will be any more late additions to the team who can contribute right away like Maurice O’Field.

    As it stands, we’re looking at Wilson, Mueller, Smith, Hill, Bibbs, Hudson, Johnston, Pierce, JVZ, Henry, and Beyer. I’m anxious to see Mueller, Hill, and Henry play in particular. Hoping Wilson and JVZ take big steps forward this year. Mostly, just want to see a tougher and tighter team on the court. Maybe they can overachieve with the right motivation.

  2. Niemo says:

    King – I agree I want to see a return of toughness. That said, Buzz could also run offenses that put up points. I’m hoping within a year or two we’ll be able to play defense AND score the basketball. I’m not sure we’ve ever had a coach that could do both well (although even doing one well would be an improvement over 2 of our last 3 coaches).


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