might not have quite the games of Tim Hardaway, Mitch Richmond or Chris Mullin,
when they balled with the Golden State Warriors of the NBA, nor perhaps have the
rap sensibilities of their almost musical namesakes. But Virginia Tech
sophomores Zabian Dowdell, Jamon Gordon, and Coleman Collins share several
things in common, chief among them the fact that they are starting to make a
whole lot of experts look pretty silly right about now.
Collins, Dowdell and Gordon have been front and center
this year in the emergence of the Hokies, stepping up with improved games which
happen to coincide with a Virginia Tech team -with its four ACC victories – that
has already won more games than many thought was possible in their first season
of conference play.
Dowdell leads the team in scoring at 14.9 a game while
Collins has rebounded strongly from an early season injury to get his average up
to almost 12 points per game. Gordon is the third double figure scorer of the
trio and the team’s leading defensive player.
With the winter signing period in football coming up on
Wednesday and most eyes keenly focused upon those players that ink on the dotted
line, along with their projected rankings from all of the national football
gurus, it seems a good time to look back just a couple of years at these
triplets on the basketball court and see if their success was predicted at all
by those whose job it is to keep up with such information.
Now, not all of us can be recruiting gurus. I certainly
don’t claim to be one, although I have stayed at a Holiday Inn on numerous
occasions. In fact, looking at this class makes one think
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