Despite High Marks, Dowdell Not Drafted

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The 2007 NBA Draft came and went last night, and no Virginia Tech players
were selected. Zabian Dowdell had serious hopes of being drafted, but he did not
hear his name called. Jamon Gordon and Coleman Collins had an outside shot of
being drafted, but like Dowdell, it didn’t happen.

The fact that Dowdell was not selected is somewhat surprising. He was being
projected to go as high as #28 in the first round to the San Antonio Spurs, and
almost every other mock draft had him going in the second round. He was the
highest rated player by ESPN’s Chad Ford to not get drafted. Ford rated him the
#34 prospect in the draft. The second-highest rated player to not be selected
was Portugal’s Joao Gomes, who ranked #50.

ACC Basketball All-Academic Teams Announced

The ACC announced the All-Academic teams for men’s and women’s basketball on
Thursday, and a total of four Hokies made the list. Two players from the women’s
team were selected, and they were joined by two players from the men’s team.

Laura Haskins (G, So., Management) and Brittany Cook (G, So., Human
Nutrition, Foods and Exercise) were selected from the women’s team, while
Coleman Collins (F, Sr., Health and Physical Education) and Lewis Witcher (F,
Fr., Accounting and Information Systems) represented the men’s team.

Collins was the only senior to make the list for the men’s team, while
Witcher joined Andrew Tyler of Clemson as the only freshmen to be selected.

Three Virginia Recruits Head Out of State

Since Wednesday, three recruits from the state of Virginia have announced
their college intentions. None of them are heading to Virginia Tech, and none of
them are even staying in the state of Virginia.

Bayside quarterback E.J.
Manuel
got the ball rolling on Wednesday when he announced his
intentions to attend Florida State. Manuel is the #3 prospect in the state by
TechSideline.com. Rivals.com ranks him as the #18 recruit in the country and the
#1 pro-style quarterback in the country.

On Thursday, Mike
Glennon
, the brother of Tech QB Sean Glennon, made a verbal
commitment to NC State the minute he was offered a scholarship. He is rated the
#5 recruit in the state by TSL, and the #5 pro-style quarterback in the nation
by Rivals. He selected NC State over Michigan, Miami, Florida State, Virginia
Tech and Virginia, among others.

Finally, Oscar Smith wide receiver Todd
Harrelson
committed to UNC. He is the #11 recruit in the state by
TSL, and the #50 wide receiver nationally by Rivals. He chose UNC over NC State,
Virginia Tech, Tennessee and Virginia, among others.

As of now, 10 of the TSL
Top 30
have made verbal commitments. Four are heading out of
state. In addition to the three listed above, #14 Donovan Miles is heading to
West Virginia. The other six commitments are heading to Virginia Tech.

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