2008-09 Men’s Basketball Preview

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In less than a month, Virginia Tech’s men’s basketball team will begin its
most anticipated season since the 1995-96 campaign. The Hokies return four
starters and all of their backups from a team that was a game away from making
the NCAA tournament. Tech made it to the quarterfinals of the NIT and won 21
games, with six freshmen as part of the playing rotation.

Virginia Tech’s only loss from last season was Deron Washington, and that was
a substantial loss. Washington was selected in the second round of the NBA Draft
by the Detroit Pistons, and is playing this season in Israel.

Washington was a dynamic player for the Hokies. He provided energy points on
offense, served as a good rebounder, and could defend anyone from a point guard
to a power forward. His versatility and athleticism will be greatly missed.

In this preview, we’ll break down Tech’s players into three groups: point
guards, wings and post players. Offensively, the 2 (shooting guard) and 3 (small
forward) positions are basically the same, while the two post positions are very
similar, as well. A couple of guys, such as Malcolm Delaney and J.T. Thompson,
could be used in multiple roles as well.

Point Guards

  • Projected Starter: Malcolm Delaney
  • Projected Backup: Hank Thorns

Malcolm Delaney (6-3, 170, So.) is the projected starter at point guard this
year following a very successful freshman season. Delaney took over the starting
point guard duties after 11 games. Though he’s probably better suited to be a
wing player, he did a very good job running the point for the Hokies down the
stretch.

Before we get into his skill set, it’s important to understand his
intangibles. First of all, he’s the perfect player for Seth Greenberg. Delaney
believes in hard work, and he’s a big time competitor on the court. He’s a
tough, inner-city kid. He is a former standout

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