Virginia Tech’s upcoming basketball squad takes shape

In the era of college basketball, the end of the season brings a period of uncertainty to the roster. Players leave for the NBA. Players enter the transfer portal willingly and sometimes unintentionally. It takes a while for things to settle completely.

Virginia Tech lost to Texas in the first round of the 2022 NCAA Championship on March 19. On June 1, Justin Mots He announced his return to the sixth season of college basketball.

after 74 days, Mike YoungThe period of uncertainty is over. How do I blame Advertise for the NBA. Nahim Elaine Transferred to UConn. David N’Guessan was also in the gate and eventually landed in Kansas State.

Before Motts’ decision, hockey brought Wright State transfer Grant BasileMemphis conversion John Camdentransport rice Miguel Petitand signed high school Darren BuchananBuchanan Jr., Jr., joins the next chapter featuring the highly outstanding Ranger Rodney RiceAnd goalkeeper MJ Collins and the center Patrick Whistler.

and now, Mike Young And the company can go ahead with putting together a squad to prepare for a season with significantly higher expectations after the ACC Championship.

Tech has lost in the first round of the NCAA Championship in consecutive years, so it’s not hard to know what predictions he will be in next season.

Let’s delve into the list.


Hunter Cator (Photo: HokiesMBB)

Hockey will likely shift their focus a bit to the ocean next season. when you have How do I blame And the Justin Mots At four and five, build your team around these guys.

When it becomes just mere motets, and you have archers like Sean PedullaAnd the Hunter CatorAnd the Darius Maddox On the periphery, the focus will shift outward at least a little.

All eyes are on the off-season specifically on Pedulla. He had a great freshman season slowly taking the playing time of the veteran Storm Murphy, but now display it. He averaged 15 minutes per game in March, fluctuating between 18 minutes against UNC and 19 against Texas to 6 against Duke and 12 against Clemson.

Is he ready to be an ACC point guard for 25-30 minutes a night, three times a week?

Consistency for him will be key, and the success of 2022-2023 hockey largely depends on him at least maintaining the level he played last season, but ideally taking a step or two forward.

On the flanks, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a pair of better bowlers than Cattoor and Maddox, and they’ll be cruising around the same arc. Both are primarily pick-and-shoot players, so it would be great to see the type of attack Young deploys to give it an open look.

I’m a newbie to Xs and Os basketball, but it sure feels like a high pick-up game with Pedulla and Mutts in the middle of the floor like Cattoor and Maddox and maybe a big guy floating on the ocean that could be deadly. Forcing the assist to choose between stopping the Pedulla/Mutts or sticking to the shooters and turning them on over and over.

Cator is not someone anyone would worry about. I’m not sure there’s a lot of development left in his tank, but he’s a guy who can actually score 31 points against Duke in the ACC Championship. Maybe not.

Maddox is going to be an interesting player to watch. He played more than 20 minutes in 11 of 36 games last season, but that includes seven of the last eight. This will be his role all season – 25-30 minutes per night. Can his ridiculous mastery of archery hold up to the bigger role? We will find out.

Let’s say Cattoor will have 32 minutes per game. He averaged 34 per game in ACC play last year, so it seems fair. Maddox’s average age was 23 minutes per game in March, so let’s fire him and Bedola up to 28 minutes per game.

That leaves approximately 12 minutes for coverage at the point and 20 minutes in two spots on the wing. The Hokies don’t have any real bodyguards behind the Pedulla, so I would expect Catoor to at least work when needed. And maybe Rice can handle the rock well enough for a few minutes too at this point. I love the uplifting pickup theory with him as Pedulla, too.

Besides the veteran returnees, Virginia Tech will be young. Rice is the seventh best recruit Virginia Tech has ever signed, behind Dorrian Finney-Smith, Nickel Alexander WalkerAnd the Chris ClarkAnd the Ahmed HillAnd the Landers NollyAnd the Marky Cook.

It’s a favorite that devours the majority of those minutes. If he can come in as a sixth man or better and present a look a little different than the mostly snap-and-shoot Catoor and Maddox, he can clearly bring value to this squad.

Collins is another top guard Young has signed off on, joining Rice in the standings at 6-foot-4.

Between Cattoor at point and Rice and Collins at any sentinel spot, it seems the Hokies should be able to cover the available minutes.

However, youth and depth here should be a potential concern. rice look As if he should be able to contribute right away. Collins to a lesser degree than Rice, but still should have been able to.

But not all real new students can, and sometimes it takes longer than usual. Maddox played in just 11 games as a freshman, for example.

What happens in the first half of the year if hockey gets almost no production from their bouncers? Is that enough to cost them some major games in December and early January and stop them on the bubble again?

3 position

Virginia Tech didn’t play with a real little striker much at all last season. It was a lineup of three guards with Alleyne or Maddox in third.

That won’t change much in 2022-2023 with Maddox back, but it looks like there might be a chance of you getting a little bigger at this point by a few minutes per game, if not more.

on me John CamdenBiography of Hokiesports, Assistant Coach Christian Webster It “satisfies our need for height in the wing immediately,” he says. This is a reference to the 3 point, so it looks like the Hokies would like to play more than 3 real if possible and then either Cattoor or Maddox in 2.

This is another subtle shift compared to last year’s team to watch. With Aluma gone, you won’t be replicating this production in just 5. It’s going to spread across the board, and part of that will probably require playing a little bigger at 3 at times.

Attackers and Midfielders

(Image: Ben Slimane/Contributor, Getty)

The big news is the Mutts are back at 4. He shuts out for 35 minutes per game. As much as you can get. He blessed you with the decision to stay for another year, so there’s no reason not to give him as many minutes as he can handle.

I would expect him to score the vast majority of minutes as a 4, turn into a small ball 5 in small stretches, and possibly unite with Camden in larger formations as a 3 or 4 group.

Sidenote with Mutts: His return gives him a chance to leave Blacksburg as the most respected basketball player in recent memory, at least since Zbian Doodle And the Jamon Gordon.

Justin Robinson He is the closest, but his ankle injury robbed him of what could have been a joyous (and deserved) end to his career.

Malcolm Delaney It would have been if hockey had made it into the tournament. between two, Eric Green Putting great numbers in the bad teams and Seth Allen And the zach day Put good numbers on surprisingly good teams, but nothing comes close to what Robinson (or arguably his accomplishments) comes close to or what Motts can achieve in another big year. Please stay healthy.

After Mots, hockey should have 40 minutes in the center and a handful at the fours. Camden could play a floor spacer for a bit, which is another thing Webster mentions in his Hokiesports autobiography.

Basile is the man to watch. He put 18.4 points and 8.5 rebounds per game last year at Wright State. He fired the lights off the ball three seasons ago at around 48%, but that number dropped to less than 30% last season as he tried more triples. However, it’s exactly the kind of grandiose I had in mind when theorizing about the Pedulla/Mutts High Pick-and-Roll. Just enough shooting ability on the perimeter clears the middle of the floor for Motts and Pedulla to work and makes it really difficult for defenders.

Basile has more insults than his teammate Petit, but Petit has 30 pounds on Basile. He feels like a man with a traditional position, despite being 6ft 9, and he’ll almost certainly pull the fun of batting around Armando Bacot next season.

Basile and Petit character will be the main players in the 5 with Muts feeding there a bit as a 5 small ball.

Whistler and Buchanan

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With the return of the Mutts and the addition of Basile and Poteat, Young devised a path of patient development for the two new men – Patrick Whistler And the Darren Buchanan.

Buchanan looks like a potential Mutts clone, and could have a year to learn from one of Blacksburg’s all-time best players while playing a small part to get his feet wet.

Whistler the same way. It would be unfair to ask him to come in and play over 25 minutes a night with a team that expects to compete in the ACC and go past the first round of the NCAA Championship.

But with Basile and Petite available, he can also take on a small role, not being asked to do much, and preparing for next season.

The Mutts are definitely gone next season, as is Basile, so there will be plenty of minutes to unlock. If Buchanan and Whistler do the right things this year, despite what will likely be a limited role, they can be trusted to slip into much bigger roles then.

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Over the course of the season, most of these players will likely see some playing time. But when the time comes, in late January, February and March, the rotation will shrink down to 8 or 9 men. Here’s how I see him shivering at this point.

1: Pedulla

2: catar

3: Maddox

4: Motus

5: Basile

Sixth: rice

7: bowl

8: Camden

9: Collins