Tech Talk Live Notes for January 20, 2014

Chris Coleman,, on January 20, 2014
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James Johnson

Tech played hard and competed against Notre Dame.  They’ve improved in a number of areas, but they aren’t playing winning basketball right now.  They have to avoid giving up the big run.  That’s what killed them against Notre Dame.

Last night is what Tech has been looking for from Cadarian Raines in practice.  He’s stayed positive, he’s worked hard, etc.  It wasn’t anything he wasn’t doing, it was more of what Joey van Zegeren and Trevor Thompson were doing.  Everybody is pulling for him.  He’s well-liked.

The team bus broke down on I-81 on the way back from the Roanoke airport following the Notre Dame game.

Devin Wilson is finally attacking off the ball screen.  Johnson has been tough on him since the day he walked in the door.  He’s adjusting and he’s getting better.  He’s a student of the game.  He studies the game and learns, and he takes coaching very well.  This is his first year concentrating only on basketball.  He played football as well in high school and had scholarship offers.

Kurt Kanaskie knew of Devin Wilson because of his days at Penn State.  He knew Wilson and stayed in touch, and it worked out.  Wilson is even keeled.  He doesn’t get too high, and he doesn’t get too low.

Johnson is glad to see Vinston Painter and Kam Chancellor make the Super Bowl.  He knew them both from their days at Tech, and they are both great guys.

Wake Forest is a very talented group.  Travis McKie has always played very well against Virginia Tech.  He plays very well in Cassell Coliseum.  He’s in a bit of a slump right now, and the Hokies have to keep him in a slump.

Tech’s 2014 signees are playing well.  TJ Lang had 44 points in a game recently.  Justin Bibbs and Jalen Hudson are playing really well right now.

Joey van Zegeren has a great work ethic.  He’s a good kid.  He’s the type that stays late and puts in extra work.  Basketball and winning means something to him.

UVA is playing as well as any team in the ACC right now, except for maybe Syracuse.  Joe Harris is starting to play really well.  They are playing faster this year.

Devin Wilson

WIlson’s freshman year has been going pretty well.  He’s been getting acclimated to classes and to college basketball in general.

Wilson played football his entire life, and he was always good at it.  But he always had more love for basketball.  He got more recruiting interest for football, but recruiting as a senior picked up in basketball.  His biggest football offer was NC State.

Wilson felt like he had more potential in basketball.  He never worked on it 100% in high school, but he knew if he focused on it full time in college he would grow a lot as a player.

Wilson’s father is a homicide detective.  His mother is in health care sales.  His brother Christian played football at UNC.

Wilson loved the people at Virginia Tech.  He also knew that there would be a starting position open with Erick Green graduating.  He didn’t anticipate playing 37 minutes per game as a freshman, though.

The most exciting thing so far about college basketball has been playing in front of bigger crowds.

Tech played very well in the second half against Notre Dame.  They were able to get up and down the floor and get the ball inside.  James Johnson gave Wilson the green light to be more aggressive.

The Hokies need to learn how to win.  They’ve let some get away from them.  Personally, Wilson needs to cut down on his turnovers a bit.  He has been working on his free throws a lot, too.

Monday was Day 3,342 of Virginia Tech’s continuous possession of The Commonwealth Cup.

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