2007-08 Hokie Hotline Notes for 1/8/08

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The Hokie Hotline (football and basketball season)

When: Every Monday from 7:00-9:00 during football season, 7:00-8:00 during basketball season.

Where: Click here for a list of radio stations, and to find the link for listening to the show on the Internet (look to the right on the hokiesports.com page that loads when you click the link). You can see the show in person at Awful Arthur’s in Blacksburg, and you can also watch the archive on hokietv.com.


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Seth Greenberg

  • Greenberg was pleased with the effort on Monday night. The thing he liked
    most was 25 assists on 34 field goals. ACC play is coming up, and that’s why
    these players chose Virginia Tech.
  • 9-6 could easily be 12-3 if a few things had happened. There were a few
    nights where the shots weren’t falling, and a few others where they didn’t
    take care of the ball. They have defended fairly consistently. That’s a
    positive.
  • Tech has played a competitive schedule. They’ve only had six home games.
    Everybody else has played the majority of their games at home.
  • Tech has a long list of things to improve on, but there have also been
    many positives. Once again, for such a young team, they defend well.
  • Tech hasn’t lost a game that was considered a guaranteed win. Many other
    teams are losing games like that.
  • A.D. Vassallo has made progress. Seth would like to his 2-pt. field goal
    percentage to go up a bit. Sometimes his shot selection isn’t as good as it
    needs to be. Greenberg stressed that it wasn’t selfishness. Tech has trouble
    scoring, and he needs to score. He has freedom. You can’t put reigns on him,
    but he does need a little more discipline.
  • Deron Washington needs to be a lock down defender. He needs to run the
    court and slash, and not settle. That’s something they are working on.
  • Cheick Diakite had a great game on Monday. He played well offensively and
    defensively. He played great last season against Maryland, so that bodes
    well for this Saturday’s game.
  • Vassallo has a good and consistent release point on his shot. However,
    he’s not getting low enough and stepping into his shot. He’s doing a better
    job of that in transition. They have to clean that up with him.
  • Malcolm Delaney isn’t shooting the ball nearly as well as he’s capable of.
    He was a big time shooter in high school. He’s developing into a great free
    throw shooter.
  • Maryland is playing great defense right now. They are long and athletic. You are
    going to get different pressures when you play Maryland. They are a better
    defensive team this year than last year, even without D.J. Strawberry.
  • Hank Thorns has made a huge commitment to working hard. He has great
    energy and leadership skills. As he gets a better feel and more experience,
    he’ll get better and better.
  • Greenberg has changed practice styles recently. The practices are two
    hours, 15 minutes, which is a little shorter than before. They are working
    on transitioning into offense and defense. It helps them to think on the run
    and to be spontaneous.
  • Seth would like to start scoring earlier in possessions. The further that
    shot clock winds down, the more your inexperience is exposed.
  • Greenberg likes to watch college basketball just to see what other people
    are doing. There are a lot of things that you can pick up. It’s also a way
    to keep yourself in tune.
  • Tech is running a lot more sets this year than last year. Last year they
    let Zabian and Jamon freelance much more than these freshmen. They are
    running a lot more sets to try to get the ball to the inside.
  • Gene
    Swindle
    is a late bloomer that reminds the staff of Aaron Gray. He has
    good feet, good hands, and he can run the court. He has a big, physical
    body. He has a chance to develop into a very good player in time.
  • Next year, Tech will host Richmond. They play Charleston Southern in
    Charleston as part of a double header. They’ll play in another major
    television event. They are trying to find out if it’s going to be the Wooden
    Classic, St. John’s in Madison Square Garden, Oklahoma in Oklahoma City, or
    George Mason or someone like that in the BB&T Classic.
  • If it turns out to be Oklahoma, Tech would get a return game from the
    Sooners in Richmond, the Hampton Roads Area, or maybe even Roanoke. Tech
    will also play in Puerto Rico next year, and they will have more home games.
  • In recruiting, Tech was being impacted by negative recruiting. People said
    Tech couldn’t win, fans didn’t care, and there is no commitment. However,
    they’ve proven all three of those wrong. That’s obviously helped out with
    recruiting.
  • Tech hasn’t won many 50-50 games. Only St. John’s. They’ve been very close
    to beating teams like Butler and Wake Forest, but they haven’t quite gotten
    it done.
  • It’s been very positive that Tech’s young team has responded every time
    they’ve faced adversity, with the exception of the Gonzaga game. They fell
    behind ODU by a big margin, but came back. They trailed Wake by 9 at halftime,
    but came back. That’s very encouraging.
  • Greenberg gives his players the first seven seconds of the shot clock to
    attack and be aggressive. After that, they need to run their base offense.
    Tech needs to play in the low 70s to be successful.

Monday was Day 1,137 of Virginia Tech’s continuous possession of the
Commonwealth Cup.

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