Putting Buzz Williams’ First Two Years Into Perspective

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Buzz Williams has the Hokies in the postseason for the first time since 2011.
Buzz Williams has the Hokies in the postseason for the first time since 2011.

Two Marches ago, Whit Babcock shocked the basketball world by hiring Buzz Williams away from Marquette.  Two years later, Williams has the Hokies in their first postseason tournament since 2011.  He’s done an outstanding job in a very short period of time, and he’s done it by almost completely overhauling the roster that he inherited.

Devin Wilson is the only basketball player left who was on the team under James Johnson.  Justin Bibbs and Jalen Hudson were Johnson’s recruits, and they were both retained by Williams.  Other than that, he reshaped the roster from top to bottom, and the results on the court show that he made some great decisions.

Exactly how well has Buzz done in Blacksburg?  Let’s compare his first two years to the first two years of the other coaches that were hired by major programs back in 2014.  For Williams, the numbers look like this…

First year: 11-22, 2-16 ACC
Second year: 19-14, 10-8 ACC, NIT

That’s one heck of an impressive turnaround.

Have any of the other 2014 hires been able to do as good a job?  Using this ...