It’s true what they say: a new coach really can turn a basketball program around quickly.
For the record, of course, Buzz Williams hasn’t yet “turned around” the program at Virginia Tech. He has yet to coach (or win) a game at VT. But he sure is making a lot happen off the court.
Buzz has brought immediate recruiting flair and muscle, with the recent commitments of former Marquette recruits Satchel Pierce and Ahmed Hill, and there could be more to come. The speed with which Buzz is putting together a recruiting class at this late date that will play this fall is remarkable. And it points out that while football hires can take a while to turn things around, a good basketball hire yields immediate results.
For years, TSL basketball recruiting guru Rev. Zeke Vodka (@KipTJam on Twitter, where he’s very engaging and doles out tons of information almost daily) has been warning us that in basketball’s spring (late) signing period, there’s generally not much available in the way of quality players, and it often requires serious gymnastics to sign the few recruits available, because plenty of programs want them.
But in Buzz Williams, the Hokies have a hire who can play that game very well, and win at it.
Hiring a head guy vs. hiring an assistant
To be fair, so far all Buzz has done — if you want to phrase it that way — is pilfer recruits from his former employer, who was gracious enough to release those recruits from their LOIs without restricting them from signing with VT. It helps you in the April recruiting game if you can bring guys with you that you already signed at your previous...
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