The inaugural season of CMYBall is 1/8th* over and the Hokies stand 4-0 with a somewhat surprising conference road win and three blowout victories at home.
The Hokies have scored an even 300 points through these four games (75 ppg), lead by r-Fr G/F Landers Nolley II, with 22.8. Also averaging double figures are Fr G Naheim Alleyne (10.8 ppg) and Jr F PJ Horne (10.0). At this juncture, Horne is the only non-Freshman in the top 6 scorers for the Hokies (Tyrece Radford 7, Jalen Cone 6.8, and Hunter Cattoor 6.3)
What might be the most surprising aspect of Virginia Tech men's basketball so far is that the top 4 rebounders all play variations of the guard position. Another surprise is who is leading the team...6-1 Tyrece Radford, with 6.8 boards per game, including 2.5 on the offensive glass (Not bad for a player averaging just 20 minutes). Nolley II, Jr Wabissa Bede, and Jr Isaiah Wilkins round out that list with 5.8, 5.5, and 5.3, respectively.
Hokie fans knew going into this year that if we were to be successful, they were going to need Bede dishing it out, instead of trying to be a major scoring threat. So far, he has answered the call, dishing out 7.5 apg, a number that, I believe leads the ACC and should be top 10, nationallly. Bede has only 7 fewer assists than the four opponents Tech has faced combined.
CMY has established a slight trend with who he plays. Nolley, Horne, and Bede appear to be the core starters every game, and CMY doesn't shy away from experimenting the rotation further. Alleyne has started three games, Radford and Wilkins two, and Cattoor one.
Joining these seven in appearing in all four games, are Cone and Fr C John Ojiako, giving the Hokies a 9-man rotation: 6 guards, 2 true posts, and the intermediary Nolley II.
CMY appears to be taking his time with graduate transfer F Branden Johnson, who has only appeared in 2 games, but may see an uptick, if called upon. #11 off the bench is #11, walk-on So G Brendan Palmer has appeared in 1 game.
All, active, scholarship players have accrued minutes. Nolley II leads the way with 31.8 mpg, followed by Horne and Bede (27 apiece), Cattoor and Alleyne (around 23.5 each), Radford and Wilkins (around 20 each), Cone and Ojiako (13 and 12, respectively) round out the significant contributors.
Coming up will be Delaware State at the Cassell, as part of the Maui on the Mainland portion of the Maui Invitational, where the Hokies will open with Michigan State, followed by either Georgia or Dayton, then one from Kansas, BYU, UCLA, and Chaminade (which would be the first Div 2 team Tech would have faced in almost 35 years (also Chaminade))