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Schedule Released

If you want to boo Montrezl Harrell, a National POTY candidate and former Hokie-signee, you’ll have to travel to K-Y Kentucky to see VT play ACC newcomer and former Metro-rival louisville. Tech returns to the ACC/Big(14)Ten Challenge with a game at penn state. Plus a trip to Cancun just before Turkey Day. And the Hokies play at west virginia (for some reason it is also on a Tuesday afternoon just like last year’s game).

Home games include notre dame, duke, and syracuse. The Hokies play fsu, syracuse, miami, and uva twice in league play.

The out of conference schedule is, well, an opportunity for Buzz to get some momentum (I.e. It stinks).

SCHEDULE LINK

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Denver Nuggets to Sign Erick Green

According to THIS ARTICLE, the Denver Nuggets are poised to sign Erick Green to a multi-year contract.  Drafted in the 2nd Round a year ago, his rights were immediately traded and he played abroad last season.  At the Las Vegas Summer League this past month, Green averaged 16.6 ppg, 2.6 apg, and 1.2 spg in 5 games (27.6 minutes per game) for Denver.

Here’s a DIFFERENT ARTICLE where he talks about his time in Italy.

Green could become the first Hokie to play in the NBA since Zabian Dowdell back in 2011, though signing a contract won’t guarantee he makes the team.  Deron Washington signed a two-year deal with Detroit back in 2009 but got cut before the start of the season and never played in a NBA regular season game.  Let’s hope Erick fares better.

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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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Official Announcement on the Bball Coaching Staff

Here is the official Hokiesports.com release about the basketball staff.  I have to say, this is an impressive group.  Heck, our Director of Basketball Operations was a head coach at air force for 5 years.  And we now have an Assistant to the Head Coach (not to be confused with Dwight Schrute as the Assistant to the Regional Manager).  The infrastructure is in place, now it is up to this group to bear fruit.

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C.J. Barksdale Leaving VT

As had been long rumored, C.J. Barksdale will not return to Virginia Tech for his senior season according to this ARTICLE.  This means only one player is left from the highly regarded Class of 2011, and that’s the lowest rate one — Joey van Zegeren.

CJB is the 5th Hokie to decide to leave the program since the end of the season.

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Ben Emelogu is Transferring to smu

It is now being reported that Ben Emelogu is transferring to smu, which is close to his home and makes sense given the issues he is apparently suffering from. smu is in Dallas and Ben is from South Grand Prarie, which is southwest of Dallas.

Emelogu becomes the 2nd Hokie to head to smu in the last 5 years, joining Hank Thorns. He will play for coaching legend Larry Brown. We’ll see if the NCAA makes him sit out a year or not.

Here was the original article about him leaving VT: Article

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Marshall Wood to Play for richmond

Wood is a spider according to this ARTICLE.

Marshall will have to sit out this season, then have two years of eligibility left after that.

These two schools do have some history of “trading” players.  Tony Dobbins played a season at Tech back in 99-00 before heading to the Queen City to play three seasons for richmond.  He is still playing professionally abroad (this was a devastating loss to the Hokies — but who can blame him, he’d have played for ricky stokes if he’d stayed).

And A.D. Vassallo was initially inked to richmond, but if memory serves me correctly, he could not be admitted and ended up signing with VT and still sits 6th on the Tech All Time Scoring list with 1,822 points.

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Hokies Headed Back to Cancun

Virginia Tech will return to Cancun, Mexico for an early Spring Break this upcoming season, competing in the Cancun Challenge Tournament, November 25-26 (Thanksgiving is the 27th) at the Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya.  The Hokies defeated seton hall back in January of 2010 in Cancun.

The Hokies will compete in the “Group of Death”, the difficult Riviera Division.  They are joined by miami to the north, northern iowa, and northwestern.  Tech will host a team or two from the Mayan Division (elon, liberty, north florida, and morgan state) before heading South of the Border.

Note: this is not the greatest of fields, to put it mildly.  Only northern iowa (16-15) and elon (18-14) had winning records last year.

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Juco Forward Shane Henry Commits to VT

Buzz Williams has kept the fax machines busy in the ‘Burg since his arrival, getting a commitment from 6’8″ forward Shane Henry.  Shane is completing his Associate’s Degree at georgia perimeter community college (no relationship to Hollywood Upstairs Medical College) and will join the Hokies late this summer assuming all goes well.  He will have two years of eligibility remaining after playing two seasons for gpcc.  And I believe he is Tech’s first Juco recruit since Justin Holt way back in Seth Greenberg’s first full class in 2004 (Justin never played for VT before being dismissed).

Shane is described as long and lean (hey, we’re used to that here).  He averaged 13.2 PPG this past season, 12.5 RPG, and blocked an eye-popping 136 shots in 29 games.  That’s a cool 4.7 swats per contest.  Obviously that’s at the Juco level, but still.  That should help lessen the loss of Thompson and complement JvZ in the paint.  Those 136 blocks were 3rd nationally, to go along with his double-double he averaged per game.

In a game against hated rival central georgia technical college, he had a triple double with 20 points (8/12 FGs), 15 rebounds, and 15 blocks in a 79-78 loss.  He also had 7 turnovers, but hey, those are some serious stats.  He had a triple double in his first game of the season, too.

After shooting 58.6% from the field as a freshman (tops in his conference) and averaging 9.4 ppg and 6.9 rpg, his shooting percentage dropped to the mid-51% range last season, still solid.

LINK TO HIS JUCO PROFILE

In all, Buzz has now convinced five players to become Hokies with three eligible to play next year (Ahmed Hill, Satchel Pierce, and Henry plus Seth Allen and Zach LeDay who will sit next year as transfers), kept two existing signees who can play next year (Justin Bibbs and Jalen Hudson), lost three current players to transfers (TT, 3-Wood, and Kirby) and let two signees/verbals move on (Lang and Craft).  So he’s a very solid +2 by my count.

ARTICLE ABOUT HIM WITH QUOTES FROM HIS COMMUNITY COLLEGE

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Zach LeDay Transferring to VT from south florida

In what now completes a 3-way trade, the Hokies have acquired Seth Allen (maryland) and Zach LeDay (south florida) as the players to be named later in the gus “benedict arnold” gilchrist deal*.

LeDay, a 6’7″ forward, played two seasons in Tampa, averaging 4.8 ppg as a freshman and 3.5 ppg this past season in 15 minutes per game.

Zach played on the same AAU team as Ben Emelogu in Texas (Dallas Mustangs), as the two grew up about 30 miles apart in the Lone Star state.  Although LeDay was a year older than Ben.

Zach will have to sit out this season and then will have two years of eligibility remaining beginning with the 2015-16 season.

*gilchrist infamously asked out of his signed LOI after the horrific shootings back in 2007.  Many questioned his true reason for asking out, as his stock had blown up after signing.  He eventually went to maryland for a year, but after realizing he’d have to sit another year and lose a year of eligibility, he transferred to south florida and played there (his handler conveniently got a job at usf as a video something-or-other).  Hence the 3-way trade joke, for those of you who had no idea what I was talking about.

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ESPN Ranks Buzz 38th Best in the Nation

ESPN ranked the top 50 coaches in college hoops, and Buzz Williams came in at #38 (although as you’ll see on the right windowpane of this article, Myron Medcalf of ESPN thought this was wrong and Buzz should have been higher on the list).

ARTICLE LINK

They’ve only posted #25-50 so far, but here are the ACC coaches on the list:

  • #45 – Mike Brey, notre dame
  • #38 – Buzz Williams, Virginia Tech
  • #28 – Jim Larranage, miami
  • #25 – Jamie Dixon, (arm) pitt

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More Details on Seth Allen

Sure, we won’t see Seth put on orange and maroon and take the floor for another 18 months, but here are some things to get excited about…

Outside Shooting: Seth hit 49 three-pointers this year at a 38% clip.  That would have placed him 2nd on this past year’s Hokie squad in makes and #1 in percentage.

Overall Scoring: Allen’s 13.4 ppg would have led the offensively challenged Hokies this past season (but was 2nd on the terps).  He does not attack the tin a ton — more than half of his 89 made shots were 3s and he only averaged 3 free throws per game.  Seth was a solid 75% foul shooter when he did get to the line.

Handle: Seth had a solid assist-to-turnover ratio of almost 2-to-1 (3.0 apg to 1.7 tpg).  His ratio was actually better than Devin Wilson, who had way more assists but also a lot more turnovers (1.6 ratio compared to Seth’s 1.76 ratio).

Defense: At 6’1″, he doesn’t have the length a lot of Hokies have.  He did average just under a steal per game, which would have led the Hokies, but Tech was abysmal in terms of creating turnovers/steals (Tech was dead last in the ACC in steals by more than 1 per game).

Progress: Seth improved in almost every category from his freshman to sophomore season, showing he was getting better as you’d hope.

FYI: Seth, originally from Woodbridge, was a 3-star recruit coming out of high school in Fredericksburg.

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Seth Allen to Transfer to VT

The player to be named later in the gus “benedict arnold” trade with maryland has been confirmed to be Seth Allen. Allen will have to sit out next season but will then have 2 seasons left at VT. Seth, a 6’1″ guard, averaged 13.4 ppg this season for the terps (2nd on the team) and 3.0 assists (led the team). He averaged 12 points and 6 assists in the 2 games vs VT.

Technically this is Buzz’s first get from the Comonwealth, as Seth hails from Woodbridge.

Quite simply, he’s coming because of Buzz. And while it stung to lose to md twice in basketball and once in football in the terp’s final year in the league, this is a nice parting gift.

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Marshall Wood Quitting VT Basketball

Story Corrected: The long rumored departure of sophomore forward Marshall Wood has now been confirmed, but instead of transferring he is pulling a Rankin. Wood will apparently stay at VT but focus on his academics according to this article.

Other than his game at nc state his freshman year, it was a bit of a disappointing run for the Rustburg, VA native. Wood never showed the explosive finishes (dunks) he had in high school and settled for being a perimeter forward. He really struggled with his shooting his freshman year, and was marginally better this year. Wood averaged 3.6 ppg as a freshman and 4.0 this year. His 3-pt % increased from 24% to a respectable 35%, but battled illnesses and the doghouse all season. He committed to Seth, recommitted to JJ, and will now focus on his degree. This should open up a scholarship immediately.

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Hokies to play at penn state in the ACC/B1G(14)Ten Challenge

Ah, yes, the old pity invite.  The ACC/B1G(14)Ten Challenge has a rule that says a school cannot be left out of the party two years in a row.  So while Tech finished 15th of 15 teams in the ACC and lost to boston college twice, it is the eagles who will not play in the Challenge this coming season.  The Hokies will play at penn state in the Pillow Fight of the Challenge. 

The Hokies have played the nittany lions once before in the Challenge, losing 66-61 at penn state back during the 2007-08 season.  The Hokies then faced psu twice in a home-and-home series with Tech sweeping the games, winning at penn state in December of 2009 and at the Cassell in December of 2010 (Erick Green’s coming out party).

Tech leads the all time series 6-1, with that lone loss in the Challenge.  The Hokies are 3-5 in the Challenge, but 0-5 against teams other than iowa (yep, all three of Tech’s wins are against the hawkeyes).

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Malcolm Delaney Named Euroleague Rookie of the Year by RealGM

RealGM Basketball named Malcolm Delaney their Rookie of the Year for this past season.  Malcolm averaged 13.9 points, 3.4 rebounds, and 4.5 assists for Bayern Munich in the German league. 

Here’s the ARTICLE.

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