The First Bank & Trust Friday Q&A: Pro Hokies, NIL, Projects And More

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Nickeil Alexander-Walker played at Virginia Tech for two seasons. Why isn’t he talked about like other Hokies? (Jon Fleming)

1) Nickeil Alexander-Walker. When we talk about great Hokie basketball players, his name rarely comes up. Why? — PadrosWindup

Chris Coleman: To put into perspective how young the NBA trends these days, Nickeil Alexander-Walker is in his fifth NBA season and he’s only 25 years old. As a comparison, when Jim Druckenmiller was drafted by the 49ers in 1997, he was about 24.5 years old. He actually turned 25 during his rookie season in the NFL. Druck was a little different because he went to prep school and then redshirted, but he’s an example of a guy who was around for a long time.

Alexander-Walker was a first-round pick, the No. 17 selection overall in the 2019 NBA Draft. He is the second-highest pick in the history of Virginia Tech basketball, only slightly behind Dell Curry, who was the No. 15 overall pick in the 1986 draft.

Alexander-Walker was an outstanding player for the Hokies, but you’re right — he doesn’t get talked about very much.

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