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A.D. Vassallo Signs with French Team

No, A.D. Vassallo did not sign with uva, but he did sign a one-year contract to play for paris-levallois in France, which is basically charlottesville. Vassallo was not selected in the NBA draft and tried out for the Chicago Bulls. After failing to make the summer roster, Vassallo accepted the one-year deal for $230,000.

The team posted a news release mentioning Vassallo on its Web site, but it is entirely written in French and I don’t know about you, but I don’t speak wahoo – I had to use Google’s translator tool. I’ll save you the trouble:

From 26 August to 6 September Levallois Paris will have a representative in the Americas qualifying tournament for the championship of the world. In fact the new recruits came from Virginia Tech, Daniel Angel Vassalo, is part of the host team, the Puerto Rico. Currently in preparation, he and his team fell in Group A with Canada, Uruguay, Mexico and the Virgin Islands. Solid but it is perfectly playable for AD Vassalo and his teammates. At home, the goal is of course to qualify for Turkey. They can rely on values as the leader NBAer Arroyo and the solid backbone stamped Euroleague Santiago. During the preparation matches, Puerto Rico has not shone, bowing including twice against the Republic led by Francisco Dominincaine Martin (Sacramento), Villanueva (Detroit), Al Horford (Atlanta), but by the Greer brothers (Nancy ).

Daniel Angel Vassalo? C’mon Frenchies! You just signed the guy that you plan to put into your starting five immediately and you can’t even get his name right? Keep that up and you might end up working for the Washington Nationals or even the Washington Redskins.

Congratulations to A.D. on his first professional gig – can’t wait to see him light up the the Ligue Nationale de Basket (said with a Inspector Clouseau-like French accent). Wait … did I read that right? The National Basket League? No wonder Vince Carter can teabag their seven-footers, they’re not even playing the right sport.

I know I’ve been a bit snarky today, but I have just one more question: When Vassallo goes baseline for a dunk, will the french (I’ve made the exeuctive decision to lowercase the french from now on) simply surrender and let him through?

Oh, and Seth Greenberg’s favorite Roanoke Times reporter – Mark Berman – had a little writeup about A.D.’s signing. Remember their little feud? Refresh your memory with round 1, round 2, round 3 and round 4.

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Deron Highlights: Same as it ever was

Deron Washington’s dunks are on display in the NBA Summer League. Here are some highlights from last night’s Pistons-Raptors game.

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Pics of the New Virginia Tech Basketball Practice Facility

The Weekend Warrior has been whining about getting some pictures of the new Virginia Tech basketball practice facility, so while I was on campus this afternoon I snapped a few pics. For the most part it is complete, at least on the exterior. Check out our Facebook page for more pictures and while you’re there, become a fan! We only need three more people to become fans so that we can reach 100!

Virginia Tech's New Basketball Practice Facility

Virginia Tech's New Basketball Practice Facility

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Top Scorer from Philly to become a Hokie?

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photo courtesy of is reporting that Tyrone Garland, a 6-foot-1, 165-pound point guard from Bartram High in Philadelphia, will announce his decision to attend Virginia Tech at a press conference later today at 5pm. Read more about Garland at (Thanks for the tip, @hokieguru)

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Deron Washington Signs Guaranteed Contract with Pistons

Deron Washington

Deron Washington

Virginia Tech head coach Seth Greenberg posted on his Twitter account that former Hokie standout Deron Washington has signed a guaranteed contract with the Detroit Pistons, who selected him 59th overall (second round) of the 2008 NBA Draft. Washington played in Israel last season.

Greenberg, @HeadHokie on Twitter, posted 6:41 p.m. (eastern):

“congrats to Deron Washington for signing a guaranteed contract with the Pistons Great to have a Hokie in the league!”

I have yet to see this confirmed in any news reports, but I’ll take Greenberg’s word for it. Way to go, Deron!

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Coleman Collins Commentary on Iran Featured on ESPN’s TrueHoop

Those who remember former Hokie basketball player Coleman Collins remember him as one of the great ambassadors in the history of Virginia Tech’s basketball program. The guy may be the smartest player to ever come through the athletic department at VT. He enrolled at Tech when he was 16 and graduated with honors in three years. Oh, he also got a master’s degree before he could legally drink.

Well, old Coleman is up to his usual well-spoken ways again with a very thoughtful commentary on the events happening in Iran following last week’s disputed election. Read Collins’ feature Democracy Matters at

Read Coleman Collins’ Bio at

“Considered one of the NBA Development League’s standout athletes and most civic-minded contributors, Coleman Collins, a native of Stone Mountain, Georgia, is a 6’9″ center for the NBA D-League’s Fort Wayne (Indiana) Mad
Ants. The former Chamblee High School athlete and academic standout enrolled in Virginia Tech at the remarkable age of 16. He graduated with honors in just three years — by the age of 19 — staying an additional year to play basketball and complete a Master’s degree program in Public Health. A fixture in Virginia Tech’s starting line-up, Collins led the Hokies to a 20-win season in 2007 and into the NCAA Tournament. After college, Collins played for the German club EnBW L’burg during the 2006-07 season and, last summer, participated in the Toronto Raptors’ Summer League and in the Phoenix Suns’ training camp.”

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Greenberg Adds Top Recruiter to His Staff

Coach Bill Courtney

Coach Bill Courtney

Virginia Tech men’s basketball coach Seth Greenberg hired former virginia assistant Bill Courtney last week to fill the vacancy left by Stacey Palmore, who left to be an assistant with georgia. Courtney was an assistant at virginia for the past three seasons, but left after Dave Leito was fired. He took an assistant job with virginia commonwealth and had been there two months before Greenberg came calling.

Courtney is apparently a top notch recruiter, responsible for signing the core of the george mason Final Four team in 2006. He also recruited uva’s Sylven Landesberg, who was named the 2008-2009 ACC rookie of the year. He has strong ties to the Baltimore – D.C. corridor where a ton of talented players are recruited every year. Perhaps that will pay off soon. One thing is clear, Courtney is by far the best recruiter Greenberg has hired in his six year at Tech.

Read more at and at

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Around the World (Wide Web) | Lamont “MoMo” Jones Backs Out of Commitment to Hokies

The Hokies prized recruit for the 2009 class officially announced that he has withdrawn his verbal commitment to Virginia Tech and will reopen his recruiting. According to the Richmond Times Dispatch, Jones is taking a visit to southern california in April. If he does indeed leave, that gives the Hokies four players in the ’09 class: Ben Boggs, Erick Green, Manny Atkins and Cadarian Raines. But Jones was the marquee point guard Seth Greenberg was counting on.

Read more in today’s Richmond Times Dispatch.

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Around the World (Wide Web) | Hokies’ Delaney Drawing Raves

This is a good article on Malcolm Delaney in the Washington Post.

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Around the World (Wide Web) | Greenberg

Head Coach Seth Greenberg has had the team sign a contract again… Roanoke Times Story

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Around the World (Wide Web) | Seat Sharing for Open Student Seats During Break (and more)

Virginia Tech has announced that unused student section seats will be made available to students on a first-come, first-served basis for the next three Virginia Tech men’s basketball home games, hosting virginia, richmond, and the newly minted giant killers from boston college (I’m still celebrating that fantastic upset in Chapel Hill).

In a related move, a program to enable electronic transfers by public season ticket holders for all games throughout the season has been announced. “Hokie Share” will reportedly allow ticket holders to transfer tickets to the recipient of their choosing. This sounds like a brilliant, much-needed solution to the empty seats often seen in out-of-conference games in Cassell — but there’s a tragic catch: each ticket transfer will incur a $4 fee.

So if you want to give a couple tickets to the Boy’s and Girl’s Club you’ll just have to dig out your tickets, log in, figure out how to use Hokie Share, and then pony up $8 to give away your tickets. I looked at it for a few minutes, in two different browsers, and I can’t figure out how it works. So, hooray for ticket transfers, and boo for the fee and the confusing website.

Here’s a link to the full article on click here

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Around the World (Wide Web) | Vassallo Arrested and Charged with Shoplifting

According to (or … make up your mind, people) senior forward and Tech’s leading scorer A.D. Vassallo was arrested and charged with shoplifting in Christiansburg last Thursday by Virginia State Police. This could be why he missed the first seven minutes of the columbia game. Jim Weaver, Tech’s athletics director, said that Vassallo hasn’t been suspended because 1) he (Weaver) hasn’t seen the police report yet and 2) he doesn’t believe the Vassallo did anything wrong. For the program’s sake, let’s hope not. With all that has happened to this team so far this season, it’s a miracle we’re 8-4.

On a lighter note, Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays, everyone!

Oh yeah, here’s the link to the article: click here.

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Around the World (Wide Web) | Thorns Doubtful for Aeropostale

According to the Daily Press, Hank Thorns sprained the medial collateral ligament in his knee during practice Wednesday and is “doubtful” for this weekend’s games in New York City. Thorns averages 3.5 points and 19 minutes a game so far this season.

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Niemo Interviewed by Gobbler Country

I did an interview for the blog about the upcoming season. Click HERE if you want to read it.

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Around the World (Wide Web) | Jeff Allen Article

Nice article on Jeff Allen’s off-season conditioning and some tidbits about what the guys did during the Summer: Roanoke Times Article

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Dickie V puts the Hokies at #20

Dickie V’s Top 40 pre-season poll is out on, and he has the Hokies at #20. Other ACC schools in his Top 40 are:
#1 – unc
#9 – duke
#21 – miami
#29 – wake
#32 – clemson

It’s going to be a fun year, Hokie fans.

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