Report: C.J. Barksdale to Leave Hokies Hoops

"Noooooooo, don't shoot it! ... Oh, OK, fine." [HokieSports.com]

Mark Giannotto is reporting that C.J. Barksdale is the fifth Virginia Tech basketball player to leave the program since March.

Forward C.J. Barksdale has informed the Virginia Tech men's basketball program that he will not be a member of next season's team, a person with direct knowledge of the situation confirmed.

Barksdale, a rising senior from Danville, Va., becomes the fifth player to leave the program since Buzz Williams took over as the team's head coach in March. His departure means all but one member of Virginia Tech's vaunted 2011 recruiting class, considered the best in school history at the time, will have left campus before their senior year.

At this point, the Hokies have just five scholarship players back from last season (guards Devin Wilson, Adam Smith, Malik Mueller and Will Johnston and forward Joey van Zegeren), only two of whom appeared in more than 15 games and averaged more than 3.2 points per game. Forwards Trevor Thompson (Ohio State), Marshall Wood (Richmond) and Maurice Kirby (Coffeyville Community College) and guard Ben Emelogu have also moved on from the program since the 2013-14 season ended.

As a junior last season, Barksdale averaged 8.1 points, 4.2 rebounds, and 0.6 assists.

I'll mention this, as I did when the reports of Ben Emelogu leaving surfaced, in early June Buzz Williams was a guest on ESPN 950 AM's radio program "Hardly Workin'" hosted by Greg Burton and said the following in part about prioritizing and reshaping the roster in a short amount of time.

"I still think honestly, we still have another transaction or two. I don't know whether or not that you can say they'll be necessarily good or bad, but I think there's still a couple of more transactions that we've got to make as it relates to our roster and our staff over the next 60-80 days before school starts."

It's unclear if Barksdale's departure was what Buzz was referring to at the time, or why Barksdale left the program.

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So much for that 2011 recruiting class.

Wow... this is going to be a completely different team going forward. For once, you could actually consider it a good thing.

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Looks like 4 guard lineups for most of the season with only 2 big guys... I'm guessing we won't see many redshirts this year either.

Basketball players hardly ever redshirt

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There was a lot of talk of some of our guys redshirting since we have a lot of the same type of guys coming in and to create some separation in the classes.

Yep, no surprise here. Good luck to whatever C.J. does in the future.

In Sam Rogers we trust.

Eric Green is coming back this year correct?

"And it is caught, it is caught for a touchdown"

And Malcolm Delaney.

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Alvaro Tor is returning to give us another big man

And Deron Washington at the 3.

No, I *don't* want to go to the SEC. Why do you ask?

And Seth Greenburg will coach...wait, am I doing this right?

Not the bagman VT deserves, but the bagman VT needs right now.

A BUZZ > a Greenberg. Not even close. Not even fair.

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Eric Green isn't walking through that door. Dell Curry isn't walking through that door.

No Curry is walking through that door.

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The one that says "Bad Motherfucker"

Wow. This just tells me that Buzz is making wholesale changes. I imagine the program that we will see moving forward will be 100% different than what we've seen in the past.

Now I understand why Buzz was recruiting so hard. He knew players who cant handle his tough approach would leave. With CJ leaving there is one more spot available for recruits who want to win instead of settling for bottom of the ACC.

At this point, the Hokies have just five scholarship players back from last season (guards Devin Wilson, Adam Smith, Malik Mueller and Will Johnston and forward Joey van Zegeren), only two of whom appeared in more than 15 games and averaged more than 3.2 points per game.

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Left from last year
Devin Wilson
Malik Mueller
Adam Smith
Joey Van Zegeren

Will Johnston
Christian Beyer
Greg Donlon

Coming in Eligible
Shane Henry
Ahmed Hill
Jalen Hudson
Justin Bibbs
Satchel Paige-Pierce

Coming In - Sitting out
Seth Allen (from Maryland)
Zach Leday (from USF)

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Any word on Isaiah Ford getting an opportunity? That was a pretty big deal during his recruitment.

I don't see Buzz as the type of coach who would take a guy who was only half-committed to basketball. you're either 110% in or you're out

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"Exit Light. Enter night..."

To be honest, how fair is it to tell the rest of the team - who have sweat and grinded together for months - that a football player wants to indulge himself by playing a little hoops and taking their game time from them? Those days are long gone. I want to see the guys who have sacrificed all fall and winter be rewarded for their work. I'd imagine the football coaches wouldn't be really keen if Ford told them he'd play until the end of September, then he'd be with the basketball team. The reverse calendar would be equally skewed. Let Ford choose, and commit himself fully to the sport he chooses.

I'm gonna play a little devil's advocate here:

Everyone above who said that the guys who committed 110% to basketball should be on the team, and that Ford might not get and/or deserve a shot because he wasn't with the hoops squad all the time are totally correct.

But if that were always the case, we never would have had Bo Jackson. Or Herschel Walker.

The way I see it, if he fits in the with team, has the skills to play, and they have both a space for him and the desire to have him, then the guy should play.

Or Deion Sanders. Or Jim Brown. Or Charlie Ward.

Never half-ass two things. Whole-ass one thing.

Let me know when Isiah Ford equals Bo or Herschel or Jim Brown in any sport and we can argue dedication to multiple sports then. In the meantime, I'll let Buzz determine it. All the history I've seen of Buzz & his requirement to full commitment tells me it won't happen. It will be quiet, but it won't happen. Thirty minutes of watching video on Buzz at Marquette would provide context for those interested.

I think the only way Ford gets a shot under Buzz is if he is there for Buzz Boot Camp. Not sure how that would work with football but if he doesn't at least go through Boot Camp I seriously doubt Buzz will have him on the roster, even as depleted as it may be this season.

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That's just my point. Ford won't have dedicated himself to basketball in the way Buzz demands, so I don't see it happening. This isn't Bryan Randall or Jeff King, those were totally different circumstances for a host of reasons.

if he can make the team better then how is it fair to the rest of the team to NOT let him play?

VT had a forward play on the football team before, the precedent is there.. although it's highly unlikely Buzz will entertain the idea

Bryan Randall and Jeff King both did it

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and prince parker lol

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Wanna win put boobie in! Let boobie spin coach!

Love your signature quotes. Leg.

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Would like to see it. He dropped 59 in a game this past year

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but the man worthwhile, is the man who can smile, when his shorts are too tight in the seat'

Would I be correct in thinking we have 3 scholarships for next year now?

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Assuming Buzz doesn't fill one of these with a JUCO player, than yes, we will have at least 3 scholarships for next year.

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Thats a very good thing, I like that... In 2 years time, we should have a core of very, very good and young players hand picked by Buzz to establish the foundation that he wants. I mean, its a shame to lose out on good players like CJ, Emelogu, etc, but sometimes you have to take a small step back to take a giant leap forward.

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"People who like to brag about how smart they are, are never as smart as they claim." - Colin Cowherd

I agree, the talent available in the next two classes that Buzz is already working on makes the players exiting pale in comparison talent wise. This also gives us flexibility to try to make a case for Thon Maker if he is able to make himself eligible for next season. While I am still extremely doubtful of him coming here having more than the one scholarship makes it slightly possible, especially if Buzz offers other players Thon is looking to play with.

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I dunno... I still think its an absolute pipe dream to get Thon. It would be a bigger coup than getting Buzz to be our head coach, and that might have been one of the biggest shockers in the college basketball world in a very long time.

Plus, I'm not really sure we want Thon. We need to build a foundation more than anything. I'd rather use the scholly on someone who will be here all 4 years that will help out 3 more classes of recruits than Thon, who is very likely a 1-and-done player.

"Does it get any better than Thursday Night in Blacksburg?" - Reece Davis
"People who like to brag about how smart they are, are never as smart as they claim." - Colin Cowherd

I'm not really sure we want Thon. We need to build a foundation more than anything. I'd rather use the scholly on someone who will be here all 4 years that will help out 3 more classes of recruits than Thon, who is very likely a 1-and-done player.

Being able to say "I can get you drafted in the NBA" is a HUGE recruiting tool.

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I would certainly hope that Thon is not the make or break player for Buzz to be able to say that....

"Does it get any better than Thursday Night in Blacksburg?" - Reece Davis
"People who like to brag about how smart they are, are never as smart as they claim." - Colin Cowherd

Definitely not make or break, but certainly can't hurt. Will definitely help.

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Even if Thon is 1 and done, you want him @ VT, if he wants to be. VT is not in the position to deny a top-10 national player. FSU won the ACC a couple of years ago with a bunch of seniors. Then.... No Studs to keep the momentum going after the seniors left and the new guys get up to speed.

Thon Maker choosing VT will be the greatest press for VT MBB EVER!!!

Imagine all the "Buzz left Marquette and went Where?" press, times 100. "Thon chose VT over UK, Louisville, Kansas, duke, etc...?.. Huh???? Whats in the Blacksburg water. We (Media) gotta get up there and see what buzz is up to."

VT would be on every analysts lips for the entire offseason. That will do wonders for recruiting. Then other top players will wonder what VT offers. More talent in the VT selection pool. Thus more talent on court, thus (hopefully) better results, and thus more TV exposure.

And the successful MBB comeback will be in full swing.

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The troll (Berman) might have a stroke if that happens.

Just thinking, Thon coming to Tech with JJ or Seth as coach is one in a million, but with Buzz, it's more like one in 10.

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Slight correction - Thon coming under Greenberg would be one in a million, Thon coming under Johnson wouldn't even be considered. Our target recruits dropped to the mid-major level under the previous coach. With Buzz, now we can actually have hopes about the top recruits. Maybe not a ton of confidence just yet, but legitimate hopes. It's more than a 180 degree change, however that is possible.

Thon is not coming here sorry to spoil that one

I know it is frowned upon in this establishment, but LOL on that. ^^ Straight right hand outta nowhere, threw me back in my chair.
I know nothing about basketball anymore - just lost interest. The Buzz hiring is almost like a surreal dream still. And now we are talking about the possibility of "one and done" guys coming to VT?
It's like all you can eat pie and cake for everyone.

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It's like all you can eat pie and cake for everyone.

Way to exclude the minority of the ice cream, cookie, and baked goods delegations. You are a dessertist coach.

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A picture is worth a thousand words. A gif is worth a million.

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"Does it get any better than Thursday Night in Blacksburg?" - Reece Davis
"People who like to brag about how smart they are, are never as smart as they claim." - Colin Cowherd

I think we will be better this season than we were last season regardless...

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We were 9-22 for crying out loud. Its MY OPINION that we may have a better record next season and may play harder next season. I believe in Buzz and I think it will be a better season next year.
I guess someone just doesn't like me being optimistic.

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I only count 2 scholarships available for next year. 4 holdovers, 5 new that are eligible, plus 2 transfers sitting out = 11

Yeah now that I looked at it closer, the original scholarship that was going to be available this year was because Barksdale was graduating so it still is only two available. Thanks for making me think about it clearer.

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I am not expecting much this season except getting some much needed experience for our freshmen. That said, I hope they prove me wrong and grow quickly. Supposedly we have former Kansas guard Andrew White coming for a visit, he would also have to sit out upcoming season if he decides to sign with Tech.

That would be a nice get although he looks like he is probably a SG? He's from Richmond, so that's good news for us. I'd be happy with almost anyone that's good enough to earn playing time for Kansas.

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Well, I can honestly say that the 2014-15 b-ball season will be a complete surprise. At the very least, I think we are heading in the right direction and unlike JJ, two years from now we should be a whole lot better team. Time will tell.

Good luck to him.

If he didn't have what it takes to give 100% to Buzz and the team, then he should move on.
I think Buzz is an "all-in" kind of coach.

dd

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It's been rumored for a while now, but the reality is still painful. Losing Emeloguo wasn't great but at least it was a position where we had depth. Barksdale was literally the most important returning player to hold on to.

Sounds like Buzz was hard on him for not being in shape and Barksdale didn't like it.

In Sam Rogers we trust.

welp, just like i said with ben, i'll say it with cj. kid has a ton of potential, i wish him the best.

i'm honestly not sure how to feel about the mass defection. are these kids leaving because they dont like buzz or the change or the school or are they being pressured out?

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The great thing about it - every time one leaves, Buzz replaces him with a better one!

Either Buzz Williams has a vision and was honest with his players that they didn't fit in; which allowed them to leave on their terms.

Or he is a certain kind of psycho and players are running for the hills as fast as possible.

Hoping its the former.

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I guess if the players he recruited start running for the hills we'll know it's the latter

Players he recruited at Marquette rarely left. What we are going through right now is what every team goes through during a coaching change.

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I would say a combination of both. The stories I have heard so far about his time here really have some people on their heels. This is a whole new animal that hasn't been seen in Blacksburg. At the same time, that isn't necessarily a bad thing as there are some changes to Cassell/the department/etc that have been for the positive so far.

Every team goes through this during a coaching change. Heck Utah almost lost their whole team a few years back.

In Sam Rogers we trust.

My completely uneducated opinion is that he's been successful enough for long enough that we can safely assume he knows what he's doing.

Yeah, those Sweet Sixteens & Elite Eight always help establish proof of that. I trust him completely on this because he's proven he knows what he is doing.

WOW! BUZZ is cleaning house , shows he will not condone any crap. Best wishes to Barksdale & the others.

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So my guess is he was homesick or a family issue.... SMU is 30 minutes from his home in Grand Prairie. Good luck Ben. Seemed like a good kid.

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but the man worthwhile, is the man who can smile, when his shorts are too tight in the seat'

Or... he didn't like Buzz's 'style'. It could be that just as easily, with SMU providing an easy landing spot near home. We won't know. I'm glad he made the decision early and didn't waste anyone's time. He's gone now, so my attention turns to those committed to being a Hokie basketballer.

Interesting development on the heels of SMU announcing that one of their top incoming players, Emmanuel Mudiay, for this season will likely forego playing college basketball to play overseas,

http://espn.go.com/mens-college-basketball/story/_/id/11214190/smu-musta...

Have to wonder when the reports of his transfer having to do with an ill parent so that he is eligible immediately surface

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I was looking over the top players coming in next year this past weekend and saw this #1 PG going to SMU and thought "What the?! SMU??" They were a top 40 recruiting class and he was the only player they had. Now I guess they have the worst recruiting class since they have no one. Crazy turn around.

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-Bender

Well his older brother plays there so that's probably a bug reason for his commitment.

You know, when I saw that, I immediately started thinking about how effective the European club model is going to be in luring American players. Sure, it isn't going to start a landslide of players going over there, hell, it's been what, six years since Brandon Jennings went, but they could compete against the NCAA for sure. The amateurism model won't last long if there's a viable option somewhere else.

So much for not being interested in basketball any more. At least he wasn't hypocritical enough to move even further from home to get more playing time, like so many 'homesick' guys have done in the past. Maybe he figures Larry 'Practice?!?...' Brown will be easier during practice than Buzz. Time to turn the page...

I don't see a reason to say anything other than good luck to the young man. Clearly it was a tough situation here over the past year and by all accounts Emelogu gave all he had for the team. While I wish it had worked out, this seems to be mutually beneficial decision for both parties. No need to leave a bad taste in anyone's mouth.

There was no bad taste. Reread, I said at least he wasn't hypocritical about going further from his home. After his only being here for one season, however, I don't find much to miss. One season, for one of the worst teams we've had in decades. By the time he will be a senior for SMU, the whole team from last year will be forgotten. So - as I originally said, it's easy to turn the page and focus on the guys who want to be Hokies.

Still waiting to see the skateboard go flying as he rolled offscreen.....dont know why but after missing everything else I just concluded in my head that he had to hit something somewhere....

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