Despite Major Losses, Potential Remains for Tech Hoops

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Virginia Tech lost two of the most prolific players in school history in Malcolm Delaney and Jeff Allen, and Terrell Bell was another valuable starter who is also gone. There will be new faces in the starting lineup next season, but overall the Hokies should have a deeper and (hopefully) healthier team.

Tech will return two starters from the 2010-11 team, but they also bring back former starter Dorenzo Hudson, who redshirted this past season with a foot injury. Back also is former sixth man J.T. Thompson, and rising r-sophomore Cadarian Raines. Bolstered by the top recruiting class in Tech history, on paper at least, Seth Greenberg should have more options this season.

The Backcourt

Virginia Tech returns starting point guard Erick Green, who had a very good sophomore season after entering the lineup in December. Green averaged 11.6 points per game, and 12.2 points per game in conference play. He did a very good job of protecting the ball, and the presence of two good ball handlers on the court at the same time did a lot for Virginia Tech offensively.

Green has excellent length for the point guard position, he’s a popular player amongst the fans, and appears to have the potential to be a good leader for the team. For the next two seasons, this will be Green’s team.

One thing Green must improve upon is his jump shooting. He’s very good in transition, and he finishes well around the rim. However, he shot just 41.4% from the field and 24.8% from three-point range. If he can get those percentages up a bit, he’ll be a very dangerous player in the ACC.

Green will have help in the backcourt in the form of Dorenzo Hudson, who was third team All-ACC during the 2009-10 season. Hudson averaged 15.2 points per game that year, and was the most improved player in the ACC. Unfortunately, he missed this past season because of foot surgery.

At 6-5, 220, Hudson has great size for a two-guard in the ACC. He and Erick Green will form a very lengthy backcourt. Hudson must report back in great shape and be ready to be an effective starter from day one. He is a very versatile offensive scorer, and the Hokies will need that scoring ability to replace the departing Malcolm Delaney.

It would not be shocking at all to see both Hudson and