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BREAKING NEWS: Hokies get early start on 2031 recruiting class

Tech Hoops fans, please welcome the newest member of the family, Lil Niemo; all 9 pounds, 1 ounce of him! Dad, mom and the Hokies’ first commit for the 2031 recruiting class are happy, healthy and doing well. Also, Niemo wanted me to let know that he wrote the previews for the next two games in the labor and delivery wing.

Niemo, Mrs. Niemo, and little Niemo

Posted in 2012-13 Season, On The Road, Site News, The Weekend Warrior13 Comments

Game Recap | unc (5-3, 15-6) 72, Hokies (2-6, 11-10) 60

Make it three in a row for the Hokies! Three “moral” victories. After that, make it four straight losses for Coach James Johnson and his squad.

For just the second time this season, Erick Green did not score at least 20 points in a game, going more than 16 minutes without a point in the second half as the Hokies blew a 12-point first-half lead and went on to lose 72-60 in overtime in Chapel Hill.

Green finished with 16 points. For the first time since the Hokies beat then No. 15 ranked oklahoma state, and for the first time in ACC play this season, four Hokies scored in double figures. In addition to Green’s 16 points, Jarell Eddie had 15, Cadarian Raines had 12 (his second straight game with double figure scoring), and Robert Brown added 10.

Even though unc is not ranked and is having a “down” season, playing in the dean dome is never easy. The Hokies came out en fuego this afternoon. They exploded out of the gate for a quick 12-0 lead and were playing well and in sync.

Not surprisingly, however, the tar heels didn’t stay cold for long and eventually whittled away at Tech’s lead. The Hokies managed to keep the heels at bay for the first 30 minutes. unc didn’t earn its first lead of the game until midway through the second half, just about the time the Hokies hit their usual dry spell.

While James Michael McAdoo led unc in scoring with 22 points, it was freshman Marcus Paige that had the big day and was quickly inducted into the TechHoops.com Opponent Hall of Fame. Paige, who averages 6.8 points per game, scored a career-high 19 against the Hokies. He also hit a career-best four three-pointers.

The Hokies had their chances, but a combination of ice-cold shooting, poor rebounding, and some questionable no-calls in the final minutes sent the game into OT.

Green and the Hokies actually had a shot to win the game on the final possession, but he forced up a bad shot and air-balled it. unc got the rebound with 1.6 seconds left, but couldn’t convert at the other end.

OT was all unc as the heels outscored the Hokies 17-5.

Posted in 2012-13 Season, Game Recaps, Opponent Hall of Fame12 Comments

New Commenting System (everybody calm down)

During the next 24 hours, you’ll notice a change to how you leave comments on TechHoops.com. Before you start grabbing the pitchforks and torches, hear us out.

We’re switching from WordPress’s built-in commenting platform (old and busted) to Disqus (new hotness).

First and foremost, you don’t have to give your real names and you don’t have to create a new account. You can still post anonymously, or using you handles under the old system. Just like you did with the WordPress commenting system, you’ll need to provide a name (real or imagined) and an email address (which you had to do before anyway). Your email address is not displayed to the public. I created a test post using a separate email address from my Disqus account and only the name I provide, “Cope”, was displayed.

From that point on, presumably, you’ll be able to keep track of all of your posts using that name and email address.

However, if you’re not shy about using your real name, you also have the option to use Twitter, Facebook, Google+, or an existing Disqus account, to login and submit your comments.

Additionally, you can share any comments or thread of comments on Twitter, Facebook, or via a link.

Give it a fair shake and if after a while you absolutely hate it, we’ll acquiesce and revert to WordPress (old and busted). Deal?

(God, I can’t WAIT to read the comments below. Wild Turkey at the ready.)

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Posted in Site News25 Comments

Facebook integration and issues – we’re listening!

Earlier today we implemented an easier-to-use Facebook/Wordpress integration. You can share and send our stories using your Facebook account, if you so choose.

We also implemented a Facebook commenting system, but did not intend for it to replace our old system, which would allow for anonymous posts. Apparently, it’s an all or nothing with Facebook. Shocking, right?

So, while Ricky Program Killer Stokes overstayed his welcome, we’ve already given Facebook’s commenting system the boot. We know you like your creative handles and anonymity, so have at it!

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David Teel of The Daily Press reports that DFS is transferring

According to a post earlier today on GobblerCountry.com, which cited a Daily Press online article by David Teel, Virginia Tech’s highest rated recruit in program history is transferring from Virginia Tech to Old Dominion.

Apparently, Doe Doe was recruited by former Virginia Tech assistant John Richardson, who left Tech last month, one day after Seth Greenberg was fired. Richardson was an assistant at ODU before coming to Tech and returned to the Monarchs. Doe Doe’s big brother played for ODU.

Posted in Around The ACC, Around the World (Wide Web)26 Comments

Ask and ye shall receive – more updates on Hokies in the pros

Joe asked, “If we are doing updates, what about d washington, ad vassallo, j gordon, and c collins?” Here you go, Joe!

Deron Washington was drafted by the Detroit Pistons in 2009 in the 2nd round and was signed to a contract, but eventually released.

Since then, he’s played for the Tulsa 66ers and Los Angeles D of the NBA’s Development League (NBDL), and the Hapoel Holon in Isreal.

Currently, Deron is playing for Blusens Monbus Obraboiro CAB in Spain. The team is near the bottom of the ACB standings at 6-14. Through 20 games, Deron is averaging 17 minutes, 5 points and 3 rebounds per game.

A.D. Vassallo played in 36 games for Mets De Guaynabo of the Puerto Rico-BSN and led the team in scoring with 22.2 points per game. He shot better than 50 percent from the field and average about 7 rebounds a game.

Before the Mets, Vassallo played for ASVEL and Paris-Levallois in France and Isabela and Caguas in Puerto Rico.

Jamon Gordon is still playing, too. Currently he’s with Galatasaray Medical Park in Turkey where he’s played 17 games and is averaging 8 points, 3 boards and 1 steal per game.

Before joining MP he played in Greece for Olympiakos and Marousi; in Croatia for KK Split; and in Germany’s Bundesliga for Koeln 99ers and Artland Dragons Quakenbruek.

Coleman Collins is also still balling. Right now he’s in Bosnia playing for HKK Siroki WWIN where he’s played in 18 games and is averaging 9.5 points and 5.4 rebounds per game.

Before Croatia, Coleman had a cup of tea with the Phoenix Suns of the NBA. He’s also done time in the D league for Ft. Wayne. His overseas career includes two teams in Germany – Ratiopharm ULM and ENBW Ludwigsburg.

If you have more information about any of these players or other Hokies in the pros, let us know. Or, if there is another player you’d like to know about, send us the name and we’ll do our best. It’ll cost you a bottle of Wild Turkey, but we also take cash.

Posted in Around the World (Wide Web), More4 Comments

Updates on Jeff Allen and Terrell Bell

After our brief update about Malcolm Delaney and his French Pro A League team, Elan Chalon, winning the first leg of the LNB season, we got a question asking about Jeff Allen.

Allen also plays in the LNB (Ligue Nationale de Basket), but in the Pro B division, which as I understand it, is a step down from the Pro A division where Malcolm plays. Allen starts for Olympique Antibes, which is 8-13 so far this season. He averages 15.1 points and 9.2 rebounds per game.

As for Terrell Bell, he began the season playing in Finland for KTP Basket Kotka, but it appears he was cut after appearing in just 11 games. During those 11 games, he averaged 9.2 points and 6.5 rebounds per game. According to his Twitter account, he’s back in the states, but will be heading back to Europe in April.

We reached out to Terrell to see if he’s signed with a new team. You can follow Terrell (@TerrellBell) and Malcolm (@foe23) on Twitter. I couldn’t find Jeff Allen on Twitter, so if you know his, drop it in the comments section below.

Also, if you want to keep track of former Hokies playing overseas, check out EuroBasket.com.

Posted in Around the World (Wide Web), Home, More8 Comments

Congratulations to Malcolm Delaney and Elan Chalon, French League Champs!

The 2012 French League Champs

Malcolm Delaney helped his French league team to the 2012 title

In a rematch of last year’s French league championship game, Malcolm Delaney scored 12 points, 5 assists, and 4 rebounds to help Elan Chalon to the league’s title today, 73-66, over Gravelines-Dunkerque.

However, the French league’s season breaks down into four mini seasons, so today’s title game was just the first of four, so there is still work to be done for Delaney and Chalon.

Fellow American Blake Schilb, a third-year pro out of Monmouth, was named the championship MVP after scoring 13 points, grabbing 7 boards, and netting 5 assists, in the today’s win. Schilb is in his third season with Chalon.

Delaney, in his first year as a professional, is a starter for Chalon and is having a solid season so far averaging 15.1 points, 4 assists, and 3 rebounds a game. Three times this season, Delaney eclipsed the 20-point mark, including 32 in an 83-65 win over Poitiers.

Congratulations all the same to Malcolm and hopefully he’ll get a look from some NBA teams after such a solid season!

Highlights from the title game (commentary in French)
Highlights from the semifinal game (commentary in French)

Posted in Around the World (Wide Web), Home, More8 Comments

Tech kicker, two others arrested for allegedly breaking and entering residence of Dorenzo Hudson

UPDATED 7:16 p.m. 12/22/2011

According to articles on Roanoke.com, Virginia Tech place kicker Cody Journell and two other Blacksburg men were arrested and charged with breaking and entering a residence Wednesday night.

The Roanoke Times reports that the three men entered the residence of Virginia Tech basketball player Dorenzo Hudson and his roommate, Sean Allen. The three men arrested were apparently looking for Allen, but when they didn’t find him, they left.

Police say that Zo and Allen then went after the three and an altercation ensued. The weapon turned out to be an Airsoft gun, not a real handgun.

Athletics director Jim Weaver issued a statement saying that Journell had been suspended from the football team immediately and indefinitely per the Athletics Department’s policy.

Visit Roanoke.com to get caught up.

Posted in 2011-12 Season, Around the World (Wide Web)4 Comments

Hokies to Face george mason in the Preseason NIT

News had already been leaked that Virginia Tech would once again be playing in the NIT next year, although this time it would be the Preseason NIT.  We now know from more leaks in the VT Athletic Department (according to the Washington Post and other sources), that george mason will be one of the teams in the Blacksburg bracket and likely will be the Hokies’ first round opponent.  16 teams compete in the Preseason NIT, with four teams hosting a bracket (VT will be one of those hosts).  Each bracket winner then advances to New York and gets to play in the self-proclaimed Most Famous Arena in the World, Madison Square Garden.

It stands to reason that george mason will be Tech’s opponent in the first game of that bracket since sources are claiming the two schools will play.  Both teams are guaranteed at least two games — the winners of the first two games play the next day while the losers also do battle.  That’s why I believe mason and VT will be first round opponents since otherwise there would be no guarantee they’d play.

Posted in Around the World (Wide Web)7 Comments

Good Article on Next Year

This Roanoke Times article had some good tidbits on next year.

Highlights…

SCHEDULE:

  • VT will be in the Preseason NIT (a rumor that’s been swirling for a while) with two games at home.  What the NIT does in the preseason is they have four four team regions (16 teams total).  Tech will apparently be a ‘host’.  There will be two games one day, and two the next.  The winners from the first day play the next day and the winner advances to MSG for the semi-finals, where you are guaranteed two more games.  If you lose in the regionals, you don’t play on after those first two days.  Supposedly there is a quality team in Tech’s region.
  • Tech is back in the BB&T for the third time, I believe, in Washington, DC and will play temple (who has owned the Hokies since VT joined the A-10 in 1995).
  • The Hokies get kansas state, st. bonnie, [directional] michigan, and the citadel at home.
  • Their ACC/Big(12)10 Challenge game will likely be on the road.

INJURIES:

  • It was stated Cadarian Raines is ‘totally pain-free’.  That’s great news and let’s hope it holds up.
  • Still sounds like Allan Chaney is in limbo and may need surgery to have a defibrillator installed in May.  Looking more and more likely as if we will never see him suit up.
  • Progress on Hudson sounds good (and confirms what I’ve heard). 
  • No real update on JT Thompson.
  • Jarell Eddie might not be eligible to play in the fall.  I stress ‘might’.  Seems to just be a rumor at this point.  And even if true, that would only impact the first handfull of games.  You become eligible once the first semester is over, i.e., the day after the last day of exams at VT.

Posted in Around the World (Wide Web)20 Comments

Phoenix Suns sign former Hokies Zabian Dowdell for remainder of the season

Former Virginia Tech standout Zabian Dowdell was signed for the remainder of the 2010-11 NBA season by the Phoenix Suns

Former Virginia Tech standout Zabian Dowdell was signed for the remainder of the 2010-11 NBA season by the Phoenix Suns

Former Virginia Tech Hokies standout Zabian Dowdell finally made it to the NBA. As the end of his second 10-day contract neared an end, the Phoenix Suns called him into the film room following Friday night’s loss to Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City and told the 26-year-old rookie that they were signing him for the remainder of the season.

Dowdell was originally signed to be a practice player to rest veteran Steve Nash during practices. But after an injury to Goran Dragic (cut his heel on broken glass) Dowdell actually got some significant playing time in the NBA and he played well. The Hokie from Pahokee (Fla.) scored 12 points, registered six assists, committed six turnovers and came up with three steals in 37 minutes over three games last week.

TechHoops.com recently published a three-part audio interview with Zabian. In case you missed them, go here.

Read more about Dowdell and his new contract with the Suns.

Posted in 2010-11 Season, Around the World (Wide Web), More4 Comments

Raines has surgery; Odom leaves Hokies for unc charlotte

It’s been an eventful off-season for the Virginia Tech Hokies’ basketball team. First, their star player and the ACC’s leading scorer, Malcolm Delaney declared for the 2010 NBA draft, though he won’t hire an agent. Then Cadarian Raines reported on Twitter, which was confirmed by head coach Seth Greenberg’s Twitter account, that he had another surgery on his foot. That makes two surgeries in less than a year.

Yesterday, Hokie fans learned the Greenberg’s staff got a little smaller after assistant Ryan Odom reportedly accepted an assistant coaching job at unc charlotte. Odom had been with Tech since Greenberg came to Tech for the 2003-2004 season.

After five years of relative stability on the bench, Greenberg has lost two assistants in the last two seasons. Last year, Stacey Palmore left Blacksburg for an assistant coaching position with Georgia. However, neither Palmore, nor Odom, left Virginia Tech for any reasons other than to be closer to family.

Greenberg has not commented on Odom’s departure, but it’s probably only because the deal has not been finalized. You know Seth will wish him well, as do we, and is already looking for a replacement.

Posted in Around the World (Wide Web)1 Comment

Malcolm Delaney Declares for the NBA Draft

Niemo’s Notes added…

Virginia Tech junior guard Malcolm Delaney has declared for the NBA draft, but will not hire and agent according to a press release today. The ACC’s leading scorer and first team all-conference player, confirmed the news on his Twitter feed and that of Tech head coach Seth Greenberg.

We’ll have more on this development soon, but a tweet from Malcolm today announced:

“to all the hokie fans.. doesnt mean im gone… so dont panic. lol”

Niemo’s Notes:

  • First off, this isn’t an April Fool’s Day joke. I know we’ve done them before but I couldn’t think of a good one last night, and then this came in so I’ll just skip it this year.
  • I wouldn’t get too worked up about this yet. I think the best comparison here is Greivis “Greasy Face” Vasquez of maryland from last year. He declared for the draft, worked out, and realized he wasn’t going to be a high pick (wasn’t even being sniffed in the first round). He came back and had a great year. I’d say Malcolm’s game is similar to where Vasquez was a year ago – good but streaky shooter, decent ballhandler, good FT shooter, weak defending on the ball, while Malcolm is a better leader and Greivis was a better finisher on the drive. If Delaney follows Greivis’s lead, he’ll be back.
  • Chad Ford of ESPN.com ranks Delaney 73rd of all the prospects this year. That wouldn’t even put Malcolm in the 2nd round (there are only two rounds) and he’s actually dropping – he was in the mid-60s a few weeks back.
  • Other sites like NBADraft.net don’t have him getting picked, and another site ranked him as just the 15th best PG. Rivals.com didn’t even have Malcolm on their underclassmen draft tracker.
  • Of course, if a lot of the higher ranked guys decide to stay in school, that could change things in terms of rankings, especially if PGs and SGs stay in school.
  • Malcolm has until May 8th to take his name off the list, so we could have to sweat this out for a month.
  • Point is, Malcolm would have to have a strong showing in camps and workouts just to make it into the 2nd round. Is that good enough for him? I can’t answer that. But I can say with a straight face, and without my O&M colored glasses on, that he would benefit from another year. He needs to show he can be a consistent shooter, continue to demonstrate he can distribute the ball well as he did later in the year to improve his teammates, and he’s going to have to show more on defense (that is the toughest one) in terms of defending other elite guards on the ball. That said, I think he will make it into the NBA, he has a lot of great intangibles, I just think he needs another year to develop. But, I’m not making the decision, so stay tuned.

Posted in Around the World (Wide Web)4 Comments

Greenberg: Swindle’s Basketball Career is Likely Over

Virginia Tech head coach Seth Greenberg, fresh off agreeing to a revised contract that will keep him in Blacksburg through the 2015-2016 season, told the Richmond Times-Dispatch that Gene Swindle’s basketball career is likely over because of a nagging knee problem.

Swindle redshirted as a freshman last season. He played 21 seconds in this season’s second game before undergoing knee surgery and missing the rest of the season.

This is not a significant loss at all in terms of points, rebounds, minutes, etc. While it’s unfortunate that a knee injury prevented Gene from realizing his potential at this level, his Swindle’s departure actually frees up a much-needed scholarship for next season. And Gene will keep his scholarship to attend Virginia Tech and earn his degree, however, he won’t be able to play basketball.

Read the entire article: High hopes for Hokies next year, but Malcoln Delaney’s return is key

Niemo’s Notes:

Now two of the three big offseason questions have been answered:

  1. Will Greenberg stay?  (Yes)
  2. Who is the odd man out?  Tech is bringing in two scholarship signees next year, yet only lost one scholarship senior.  So someone either had to leave for pro ball, transfer, stop playing, or a signee had to prep.  (It appears Swindle will be the guy taken off the scholarship count to free up room for both signees – but Gene can still stay on scholarship at VT, just can’t play ball)
  3. Will Delaney stay?  (TBD but likely yes, which would give the Hokies a hat trick here)

Posted in Around the World (Wide Web)10 Comments

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2014-2015 Schedule/Results

November

11/14 - Hokies 71, md. eastern shore 46
11/19 - Hokies 73, liberty 63
11/22 - appalachian state 65, Hokies 63
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Cancun Classic
11/25 - n. iowa 73, Hokies 54
11/26 - Hokies 78, miami ohio 63
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11/30 - morgan state | 3pm, ESPN3

December

12/03 - @ penn state | 7:15pm, ESPNU
12/07 - vs. radford | 3pm, ESPN3
12/14 - vs. alabama a&m | 3pm, ESPN3
12/20 - vs. the citadel | 1pm, ESPN3
12/22 - vs. vmi | 7pm, ESPN3
12/27 - vs. presbyterian | 7pm, ESPN3
12/30 - @ west virginia | 2pm, ESPNU

January

01/03 - vs. syracuse | Noon, RSN
01/06 - @ fsu | 7pm, RSN
01/13 - @ louisville | 7pm, RSN
01/18 - @ unc | 6:30pm, ESPNU
01/22 - vs. notre dame | 7pm, RSN
01/25 - vs. uva | 1pm, ACCN
01/27 - vs. pittsburgh | 7pm, ESPNU
01/31 - @ wake forest | 2pm, RSN

February

02/03 - @ syracuse | 9pm, ESPNU
02/07 - vs. fsu | 3pm, ACCN
02/09 - vs. georgia tech | 9pm, ESPNU
02/14 - @ clemson | Noon, RSN
02/18 - @ miami | 7pm, RSN
02/21 - @ nc state | 6pm, ESPN2
02/25 - vs. duke | 9pm, ESPN2
02/28 - @ uva | 4pm, ACCN

March

03/02 - vs. boston college | 9pm, ESPNU
03/07 - vs. miami | Noon, RSN
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ACC Tournament
03/10 - 1st rd.
03/11 - 2nd rd.
03/12 - quarterfinals
03/13 - semifinals
03/14 - championship

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