A Gym Rat’s Notebook: A Look Ahead to 2005-06: The Frontcourt

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With four starters returning from team that finished with
an 8-8 conference record, and a 16-14 mark overall that included post-season
play in the NIT, the basketball future for Virginia Tech appears to be a
reasonably bright one, over the next couple of years at least. What can we
really expect though from the individual members of the team, and will the team
be one that we recognize from this year with the main components back, or will
it be another changing-of-the-guard?

Greenberg Takes a Gamble

and foremost, one thing that is becoming clear is that Seth Greenberg appears to
be returning for his third season in charge, and that is very good news for
Hokie Nation. Greenberg was selected ACC Coach of the Year, quite a feat
considering the caliber of coaches that reside in the conference. It was a
well-earned acknowledgement of his crafting of the program this year, and the
job that he did was nothing less than splendid.

What coach has the temerity and the cajones to redeal the
cards in the middle of the season like Greenberg did this past year? That is
what we saw with Greenberg when he thought long and hard during the Holiday
season, perhaps after more than a few egg nogs laced with his favorite adult
beverage, and came upon a plan for success during the second half of the season.

‘Why not take the one thing that we are doing well,’ he
thought, ‘eliminate it and throw it in the recycle bin, and start from scratch,
right when we are entering our most challenging phase of the season?’ That’s
what Greenberg did when he decided to cast aside his 1-3-1 half court trapping
defense that had been so successful at creating turnovers during