Hokies Looking Different

By Josh Herwitt - October 21, 2007


GREENSBORO, N.C. -- One of our friends at CSTV, Virginia Tech coach Seth Greenberg, has done wonders over the course of his five years in Blacksburg.

Last season, though, the Hokies took it to a new level with a competitive run through ACC play, and better yet, a win over Illinois in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

But with the graduation of Zabian Dowdell and Jamon Gordon, this isn't nearly the same Virginia Tech team that we saw a year ago.

"We're different," Greenberg admitted. "You can't lose players that we've lost and be the same. That doesn't mean we'll be bad, that doesn't mean we'll be good. It just means we'll be different."

For as different as the Hokies will be this season, Greenberg does expect senior Deron Washington and junior A.D. Vassallo to take charge and step up as the team's two veteran leaders. While those two should provide the Hokies with some solid frontcourt play, the backcourt, meanwhile, remains the major question mark for Virginia Tech.

Yet with six freshmen coming in, Greenberg does like the potential he sees early on with Jeff Allen, Malcolm Delaney and J.T. Thompson.

"I think we'll have some depth," he said. "It will be young depth, but it will be good depth."

There's no question that depth is what propelled the Hokies to the top half of the conference last season, and it will certainly play the part if Greenberg hopes to have his team contending once again this spring.

"We're just in the infancy of building this program," he said. "We're just building that first foundation. We got a lot of catching up to do, but we're well ahead of schedule."

Posted by Josh Herwitt at 05:55 PM on October 21, 2007
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