The Fisher Law Firm Friday Q&A: Buzz Williams Edition

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1) Last year you posted you were ready for Buzz to move on, and that it might be better that he went given the lack of recruiting and coaching staff stability. Do you still feel that way? – Gator Hokie

Chris Coleman: I very much want Buzz Williams to stay, but only if he can get back to the recruiting standards that he set for himself early in his tenure. If he can’t do that, then there’s no point paying him $3+ million per year.

When Buzz first arrived, his first task was to rebuild the roster. His top priority was to bring Ahmed Hill with him, who was a Top 50ish recruit, and he did. He also decided to keep borderline top 100 prospects Justin Bibbs and Jalen Hudson, and brought in a proven transfer from Maryland in Seth Allen. Zach LeDay was a bit of a shot in the dark, but it certainly worked out. That was one heck of a first few months on campus for Buzz.

His real test as a recruiter came in the 2015 class, which was his first real recruiting class where he was recruiting high school players to Virginia Tech. He identified Justin Robinson, Kerry Blackshear, and Chris Clarke as his top three targets, and he got each of them. The next year he brought in the top JUCO shooter in basketball, Ty Outlaw.

However, Outlaw is one of the few success stories after the 2015 class. Here are the players Tech has signed from 2016 to the present…

2016 Ty Outlaw: Good career
2016 Khadim Sy: Left Virginia Tech…twice.
2016 Seth LeDay: Wasn’t good enough, transferred to ECU.
2016 Tyrie Jackson: Played some as a redshirt freshman, transferred to a JUCO, will play at ECU.
2017 Nickeil Alexander-Walker: Probably first round NBA selection.
2017 Wabissa Bede: Defensive

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