Virginia Tech Basketball Preview, Part One

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Mike Young, Virginia Tech
Mike Young’s first game at Virginia Tech will be at Clemson on November 5. (Will Stewart)

On April 7 of this year, Mike Young was hired as Virginia Tech’s next Men’s Basketball Coach.  Shortly after, Chris Coleman emailed me to ask if I would write an article about what the program can expect from Mike Young as a coach and program builder.

Six months later, I finally get around to writing this article.

[Editor’s note: Drew’s article is nearly 5,000 words long, and 35 pages long in Microsoft Word thanks to multiple visuals, which as far as I can remember makes it the longest article in TSL history, so it probably took Drew those entire six months to write!  Thus, I’ve decided to split the article up into three parts, with today being Part 1.  Parts 2 and 3 will come at later dates.]

I want to use this opportunity to relay some popular expressions that might get me off the hook for taking so long:

“Good things come to those who wait.”

“Slow and steady wins the race.”

“Patience is a virtue.”

You might say to me, “Drew! The early bird gets the worm!” To which I would reply, “Well, the late-rising worm doesn’t get eaten.” And with that, a full paragraph in, let’s actually talk basketball.

Grading the Hire

Chris, in the same exchange from earlier, asked me to grade the hire.