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2018 Summer Hoops Refresh - Virginia Tech

Posted on September 26, 2018, in The ACC by StLouHoo.

Welcome back to the Hoos Place 2018 Summer Hoops Refresh, where we review last season and this summer's personnel moves for all 15 ACC programs in alphabetical order. To read program capsules already complete, you can click here. Today we look at the...

Virginia Tech Hokies

The Hokies have ridden an efficient small ball attack to the middle of the ACC pack and appearances in the 8/9 NCAAT game for the last two seasons. Before a big senior class graduates, can they put it all together to give Virginia Tech its first ever great season?

Coach: Brent "Buzz" Williams; 227-146 in 11 seasons overall, 74-60 (32-40) in 4 seasons at Virginia Tech.

2017-18 Record: Last season: 21-12 (10-8); ACCT Second Round (7 seed); NCAAT First Round (8 seed, lost to Alabama)

2017-18 Efficiency:

National:

ORtg: 115.3 (28 of 351)

DRtg: 99.3 (70 of 351)

ACC:

ORtg: 106.3 (8 of 15)

DRtg: 107.3 (9 of 15)

 

Roster Roundup:

Key Departures:

PG Devin Wilson (Grad)

PG Tyrie Jackson (Transfer)

G Justin Bibbs (Grad)

F/C Khadim Sy (Transfer)

18 G, 15 mpg, 2 ppg, 1.5 apg, 0.4 topg, 43% 3p%

13 G, 5 mpg, 2 ppg, 0.1 apg, 0.2 topg, 33% 3p%

18 G, 34 mpg, 12 ppg, 1.8 apg, 1 topg, 37% 3p%

 

Key Returnees:

PG Justin Robinson (Sr)

PG Wabissa Bede (So)

G/F Nickeil Alexander-Walker (So)

G/F Ahmed Hill (RS Sr)

F Chris Clarke (RS Sr)

F P.J. Horne (So)

C Kerry Blackshear Jr. (RS Jr)

18 G, 33 mpg, 16 ppg, 5.4 apg, 2.7 topg, 40% 3p%

15 G, 6 mpg, 1 ppg, 0.7 apg, 0.3 topg, 50% 3p%

18 G, 26 mpg, 10 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 46 2p%, 37% 3p%

18 G, 24 mpg, 7 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 57 2p%, 29% 3p%

18 G, 26 mpg, 8 ppg, 6.1 rpg, 57 2p%, 50% 3p%

14 G, 11 mpg, 3 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 56 2p%, 33% 3p%

18 G, 28 mpg, 13 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 0.7 blkpg, 52% fg%

Key Additions:

G Jon Kabongo (3* Fr)

SG Isaiah Wilkins (3* Fr)

G/F Ty Outlaw (RS Sr)

G/F Landers Nolley (4* Fr)

 

 

18 G, 20 mpg, 7 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 50 2p%, 52% 3p%

      2016-2017 season at VT

*Statistics based on ACC play. Projected starters in bold

 

2017/18 ACC Opponents:

Home & Away: Georgia Tech, Miami, Notre Dame, Virginia 
Home Only: Boston College, Duke, Louisville, Syracuse, Wake Forest 
Away Only: Clemson, Florida State, North Carolina, NC State, Pitt 

 

Outlook:

If there's ever going to be a "this is the year" for Tech, this one is it. It's Sweet 16 or bust for what on paper looks to be the best Virginia Tech team in a long time, if ever. Their primary rotation is stacked with ballers, starting with a PG in Justin Robinson who won't get near the recognition he deserves, one of the Top 5 in the ACC by my estimation, maybe Top 3. There are scorers all over the wings, with Hill, Alexander-Walker, Clarke, and Outlaw all proven threats and freshman Nolley arrives with a good scoring reputation. Oh, and for the most part, they all can shoot the 3 in addition to getting to the rim. Kerry Blackshear is a steady big man at the 5, though he lacks a competent backup with the dismissal of locker-room-headache Khadim Sy. Their small ball lineup does leave them vulnerable on defense and rebounding, but we think that there's enough offense and veteran presence (four seniors, plus a RS Jr in Blackshear) to challenge for the ACC's top tier, and maybe even a good bet to make a deep NCAA Tournament run for the first time ever.  

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