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Doe Doe’s Development and #10 HOKIES vs #2 duke ACC Tourney Preview | Friday at 7 PM

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Doe Doe: Everyone has been talking about how good Cadarian Raines has been the last 3 weeks, and rightfully so (averaging just under 12 PPG over the last 6 games), but Dorian Finney-Smith has quietly turned things around, too.  Look at the tale of his three seasons, so to speak.

First 13 Games 8.4 8.1
Next 9 Games 1.6 5.3
Last 10 Games 8.4 6.7
TOTAL 6.3 6.8

Dorian is also 11/28 from behind the arc in those last 10 games, a 39% clip (remember when he missed 25 straight shots at one point, from inside and outside the arc?).  So congrats to him on finding his stroke again.  The disappointment has been his foul shooting, he’s 6/17 in his last 4 games and hasn’t made both in a 2-shot situation in 8 opportunities.  But all in all, he’s at least gotten back to the player he was early in the season.

Random: At one point on Thursday I gave Doe Doe a new nickname — Bambi — for how timid he is on the drive.  Then he showed me up by getting two nice drive-and-finishes.

VT vs duke:

duke will not have Ryan Kelly on Friday night (so you’re sayin’ there’s a chance)… but VT had just 7 scholarship players on Thursday, forcing 5 guys to play 30+ minutes.  There is some good news on Rankin, though, there’s a solid chance he’ll play Friday.

First Meeting – 2/2 at VT – #5 duke 75, VT 60

Second Meeting – 2/25 at duke – #5 duke 70, VT 65 (OT)

  • Tech stayed in this game thanks to fantastic defense (duke was getting no transition opportunities which keep the score down) and great days from Raines, Green, and Hudson – 16 points each
  • Green and Raines had shots at the end of regulation to win it for VT
  • Rivers was too much off the dribble for Tech (and the refs treated him like Lebron — he had 17 FTAs leading to 23 points… Curry added 19)
  • Ryan Kelly had 8 in this game (He’s out)
  • VT was called for 25 fouls while duke just 13 (typical)

The Hokies stayed in that game at duke, and had a chance to win it, because of their transition defense.  They made this it a half court game, and with Raines dominating inside, Green in the midrange, and Zo outside, VT had a chance to win.  But with Tech likely tired after everyone playing so many minutes Thursday night, will the 7 or 8 scholarship guys have enough in the tank and their legs to slow down duke again?

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ACC Honors for VT | Green 2nd Team; Doe Doe All-Freshman Team

The Hokies picked up a pair of honors on Monday, with junior Erick Green names 2nd Team All-ACC and Dorian Finney-Smith selected to the All Freshman Team.  Here are the teams:

First Team:

  • Tyler Zeller – unc (SR)
  • Mike Scott – uva (SR)
  • John Henson – unc (JR)
  • Austin Rivers – duke (FR)
  • Harrison Barnes – unc (SO)

Second Team:

  • Kendall Marshall – unc (SO)
  • Terrell Stoglin – maryland (SO)
  • Michael Snaer – florida state (JR)
  • C.J. Leslie – nc state (SO)
  • Erick Green – VIRGINIA TECH (JR)

Third Team:

  • Seth Curry – duke (JR)
  • C.J. Harris – wake forest (JR)
  • Lorenzo Brown – nc state (SO)
  • Kenny Kadji – miami (JR)
  • Mason Plumlee – duke (JR)

All Freshman Team:

  • Austin Rivers – duke
  • Ryan Anderson – boston college
  • Dorian Finney-Smith – VIRGINIA TECH
  • Shane Larkin – miami
  • Nick Faust – maryland

All Defensive Team:

  • John Henson – unc
  • Bernard James – fsu (SR)
  • Jontel Evans – uva (JR)
  • Michael Snaer – fsu
  • Andre Young – clemson (SR)

Here’s a look at all the Hokies that have garnered All ACC honors:


All-Conference Team:

  • 2005 – Deron Washington – All-Freshman
  • 2006 – Coleman Collins – Honorable Mention
  • 2006 – Zabian Dowdell – Honorable Mention
  • 2006 – A.D. Vassallo – Honorable Mention All-Freshman
  • 2007 – Zabian Dowdell – FIRST TEAM
  • 2007 – Jamon Gordon – Third Team
  • 2008 – A.D. Vassallo – Second Team
  • 2008 – Deron Washington – Honorable Mention
  • 2008 – Jeff Allen – All-Freshman
  • 2009 – A.D. Vassallo – Third Team
  • 2009 – Malcolm Delaney – Third Team
  • 2010 – Malcolm Delaney – FIRST TEAM
  • 2010 – Dorenzo Hudson – Third Team
  • 2011 – Malcolm Delaney – FIRST TEAM
  • 2011 – Jeff Allen – Second Team
  • 2012 – Erick Green – Second Team
  • 2012 – Dorian Finney-Smith – All-Freshman

ACC Defensive Player of the Year -

  • 2007 – Jamon Gordon

ACC All-Defensive Team:

  • 2005 – Jamon Gordon
  • 2006 – Jamon Gordon
  • 2006 – Zabian Dowdell
  • 2007 – Jamon Gordon
  • 2007 – Zabian Dowdell
  • 2008 – Deron Washington
  • 2008 – Jeff Allen (Honorable Mention)

ACC Coach of the Year:

  • 2005 – Seth Greenberg
  • 2008 – Seth Greenberg

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Dorian Finney-Smith Leads US to Victory (Photos Added)

43 Photos have been added!*  DFS at the Capital Classic (PHOTOS)

Dorian Finney-Smith, a 2011 VT signee and Tech’s highest ranked recruit in almost 30 years, scored 16 points in 21 minutes of action as the US All-Stars pummeled the Capital All-Stars in the 38th annual Capital Classic in Upper Marlboro, MD.  The Washington Post credited him with 9 rebounds to boot.

Dodo was the highest ranked recruit in the game according to most recruiting services, and showed flashes of what excites many Hokie fans. His first hoop was a coast-to-coast drive and finger roll layup. He knocked down his first triple. DFS added another bucket and 2/4 from the foul line. He closed the half with a tip-in dunk to give him 9 points at the half. Dorian also got the biggest laugh, though at his expense – he clanked a dunk off the underneath part of the rim on a breakaway, sending the crowd and players into a hardy laugh. I hope it was a 12-foot high rim because he was well short.

Dorian cruised through the second half in the blowout. He showed a great spin move off the dribble to score in close. Then he beat his man with a great ball fake, went baseline, elevated to dunk with one hand, got fouled and had the shot partially blocked, but finished the shot and converted the 3-point play. Dodo added two more free throws to finish with 16 points by my count. He was 5/7 from the line, 1/2 from 3-point range, and approximately 5/11 from the field.

Dorian showed a lot of versatility. He played the wing at times, but also had to guard the Capital All-Stars’ center, a st. louis recruit who was listed at 7-foot but was closer to 6’9″.

While there wasn’t much intensity in the game, and DFS seemed to be conserving energy, here’s what I noted in my first in-person viewing:

  • Explosive leaper (despite the missed dunk).  Check out the lead photo in this article and on Flickr.  Dodo is up there with the birds. He’s going to posterize some guys. Not a Deron-like leaper, but he will be fun to watch. Roll the highlights.
  • Good penetrator. Can handle in traffic. Probably not good enough to bring the ball up the court, but what 6’7″ guys are other than Magic and Penny.
  • Needs to work on his outside shooting. I only got a small sample size, and I’m biased by what I’ve heard, but this isn’t his strength at this time. Didn’t get to see him shoot a midrange jumper.  Haven’t looked at the photos I took, you can see he leans back too much on his jumpshot (same issue Erick Green has).
  • Solid rebounder, especially on offense. Really attacks the tin. If teams don’t check him, he’ll be flushing missed shots. Positions himself well on defense and puts his body on his man. Aggressively goes after balls coming towards him, but wasn’t that active chasing down misses that weren’t right at him.  Needs that mentality he owns every miss.  But again, this was an all-star game.
  • Since this was an all-star game so I won’t even bother accessing his man defense, but he did battle the big man for the other team.
  • He’s very tall (legit 6’7″ – look at the photo of him next to me – I’m 6’1″ and he towers over me) and very smooth. Great athlete. Looks like the real deal but I’d like to see him in a meaningful game where the intensity is there. Seems like a team player, too. Actually passed the ball some (90% of the guys didn’t).

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VT Signees Stay Unbeaten; Norcom Rises in Polls | Recruiting News

The Virginia Tech basketball Class of 2011 remains undefeated.  With Norcom’s two district wins this week, the Greyhounds are now 17-0.  Dorian Finney-Smith streaked to 32 points against the Granby Comets on Friday.  Norcom is now ranked #5 in the ESPN Rise Fab 50 Poll.  They are #13 in the USA Today Super 25 Rankings.  For some reason, they are ranked behind Findlay Prep, whom they beat a few weeks ago.  The Greyhounds are #7 in the Rivals rankings.

Hargrave’s post-grad team, featuring the three amigos — Robert Brown, Marquis Rankin, and C.J. Barksdale — recently won a game at the Basketball Hall of Fame and have since improved to 15-0.  Barksdale tends to put up the biggest scoring numbers (he had 42 earlier this season) and lead the team in rebounding, while Brown shows what a sharp-shooter he can be.  Rankin is looking like an assist machine and should battle Garland for the back-up point guard spot next year.

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2011 Recruiting Stats and News Page Added


The page linked above will keep you up to date on all published stats related to Virginia Tech’s four signees for 2011 – C.J. Barksdale, Robert Brown, Marquis Rankin, and Dorian Finney-Smith.  The first three all play for Hargrave’s undefeated post-grad team, so their games include stats for all three players.  Finney-Smith plays for the defending VA AAA champion Norcom Greyhounds.  They are off to a 2-0 start and play in the National HS Hoops Festival on Saturday night in Hyattsville, MD (Dematha HS).

The best game so far goes to Barksdale – he had 42 points and 13 rebounds against roanoke college on November 16th.

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