Interview With Dan Bonner

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If you watch Virginia Tech and ACC basketball on television, you know Dan
Bonner. Considered one of the top color analysts in the business, Bonner was
kind enough to take time out of his day to discuss Virginia Tech and ACC
basketball with TechSideline.com. Bonner gave us his thoughts on the Virginia
Tech program, Seth Greenberg, Tech’s future basketball prospects, and ACC hoops
in general.

Overall Perception of the Virginia Tech program:

I think the program is in very good shape. All you have to do is look at the
numbers. Since they got into the league, the only other teams with a better
conference record are Duke and Carolina. Tech lost their last game, so that
makes them 35-35. The only teams with better records than that are North
Carolina and Duke. I would say their path in the ACC has been pretty solid.

Unfortunately for the conference, that means there are nine teams who are
under .500. That means that all the teams have had their ups and downs. But it
also means that Virginia Tech is consistently competitive. That’s a real sign.

Let’s face it, when Virginia Tech came in the conference, most people thought
they would help with football but they wouldn’t help with basketball. While
football has certainly been a big factor, the basketball has been extremely
competitive, the atmosphere in Blacksburg is great for basketball and I think
that it’s really been positive for the ACC.

Thoughts on Seth Greenberg:

I think he’s a very good coach. The thing that impresses me most about Seth
is that I think he really understands his players. I think that he recruits a
certain type of player, and I think he can deal with that player. I think he
relates to the players very well, I think he’s demanding, but I don’t think he’s
overbearing. I think he does a really nice job.

As an X’s and O’s guy, I think he’s very solid. But the thing that impresses
me the most about him is the way he deals with his players.

On why the Hokies always seem to have problems with bad non-conference
losses:

I don’t know that there’s a specific problem to pinpoint. I think a lot of it
has to do with the fact that what you

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