A Gym Rat’s Notebook: Changes Greet Hokies in 2005

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Virginia Tech men’s basketball team, under head coach Seth Greenberg, rang in
the New Year with some changes that were readily noticeable to followers of the
program. Some were overt changes, like the addition of Jeff King, while others
were more subtle. In any event, one important and historical question has given
birth to an answer for a future trivia question.

Following in the footsteps of Bryan Randall from last
season, junior tight end Jeff King joined the Virginia Tech basketball team on
Monday, making his collegiate basketball debut and going scoreless in Wednesday
evening’s 69-58 victory over Bethune-Cookman. At 6-5 and 250+ pounds, King
instantly becomes the largest player on the Hokie team, and his addition will
hopefully add depth to a team that has been challenged all season by its
collective lack of size and brawn.

King also becomes the first All-ACC selection that the
Tech basketball team has had in its very brief history in the conference. It is
but a minor detail that King achieved his second team status for his exploits on
the football field, rather than the basketball court. He still becomes the
answer to the trivia question: What Virginia Tech basketball player was the
first All-ACC selection?

The addition of King is but one of the changes that
greeted fans of the program after the return of the Hokies from their two game
swing through New Orleans and Tallahassee, where they suffered late game losses
to Florida State and Mississippi State. Just as Seth Greenberg had promised
after December 27th’s win over Morgan State, the team’s style and playing
rotation was streamlined, and by most accounts, there was tangible improvement
in the two losses with the new style. There was a definite Jekyll-Hyde feel to
the Bethune-Cookman game Wednesday, when the Hokies shot 31% from the floor in