Saturday’s open scrimmage in Lane Stadium has been rescheduled for 11am
because of the chance of rain in the area in the afternoon. Position drills will
begin at 11am, and the scrimmage is scheduled to kick off at 11:23am.
This represents the final free and open scrimmage of the preseason. You won’t
have another chance to see the Hokies play until they take on Appalachian State
on September 3.
For players hoping to earn a spot in the two-deep, this will be their final
scrimmage to impress the coaches. The coaching staff likes to narrow the depth
chart with two weeks remaining in the preseason so the first string and second
string can start getting more work.
Many true freshmen are still eyeing early playing time. HokieSports.com and
BeamerBall.com, as of this writing, don’t list the numbers of most true
freshmen, but here’s what we remember from last Saturday’s scrimmage.
Most of the players on that list still have an opportunity to play this year.
Most decisions on redshirts will be made next week.
Hokie Basketball Goes 2-0 in Canada
The Virginia Tech men’s basketball team recently returned from Canada, where
they defeated the University of Windsor in two exhibition games. Tech won the
first game 73-61, and defeated Windsor 79-63 in the second game.
Ten Hokies saw major minutes during the two games.
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Sophomore wing Jarell Eddie did not make the trip because he is suspended for
the fall semester. He will be eligible in December, as soon as the fall semester
ends. J.T. Thompson started the first game and played two minutes before having
knee trouble. Thompson missed last season with a torn ACL. He did not play at
all in the second game.
With Thompson out, Cadarian Raines and C.J. Barksdale got a lot of minutes.
Raines had 12 points and eight rebounds in game one, while Barksdale had 18
points and six boards in game two. Barksdale was 8-of-10 from the free throw
line in that second game.
Seth Greenberg was able to experiment a bit with his lineups. Erick Green
played point guard and wing, as did sophomore Ty Garland. Dorian Finney-Smith
saw action at small forward and power forward.
Finney-Smith is Tech’s highest-rated recruit since Dell Curry, and he didn’t
disappoint. He played over 30 minutes per game, shot 9-of-15 from the field and
3-of-7 from three-point range. He was also consistent on the boards, with eight
rebounds in each game. Seven of his 16 rebounds were offensive rebounds.