Hokie Hoops Statistical Notes

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.

Scoring

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)

Rebounding

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.

Assists

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.

Experience/Depth

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.

Next Four

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))

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Comments

This had been a really impressive start for the team. From game one, it is clear they are well coached and bought in. The upcoming slate will be tough and exciting. Go Hokies!

Radford has been a great surprise, but can we talk about the improvement of PJ Horne? I felt like the dude was an offensive liability last season, missing easy shots and had terrible form. Now he's sinking 3 pointers and being a real leader on the floor. Not sure what we'd do without his presence so far this year.

I just sit on my couch and b*tch. - HokieChemE2016

Love what those 2 are bringing.

Radford's instincts and hustle are ridiculous. 6'1" and he gets 11 boards including 6 offensive boards against Lehigh. And of those 6, he tipped 2 in and followed up another with a floater. It's crazy for a guy that size to create so many 2nd chance opportunities.

Horne is a good player. He struggled last year, which I think was down to (a) being injured and (b) never getting a rhythm because he only played 5-10 minutes most big games to backup KJ. I think he's got his confidence going now.

Too bad we can't redshirt Ojiako this year. He really needs a year in the system to put on some weight and hone his skills. But he's the only guy who can sort of play for Horne. He does seem to have the instinct to be a true rim protector.

Doesn't matter if it's cake or pie as long as it's chocolate.

Ojiako needs weight? I've been impressed that he looks the part. He's been better than i expected.

He weighs more than I thought. 6'10" and 240 lbs is what the Tech website says. He just does not look that solid to me. Duke has a 6'10 freshman that is 270. I do think he will add some weight and get stronger in college conditioning system.

My main point was that he needs to develop as noted below. A redshirt year would be good for him; but we need him now.

Doesn't matter if it's cake or pie as long as it's chocolate.

In Ojiako's case, I think that ~10 minutes per game will be big for him simply because he has only been playing basketball for like 2 years or something. So if he can just get a taste of college action to develop him a little bit, I think he can learn a lot for seasons to come.

Great snapshot! I get more excited for this season with each game. Maui will be a great test in regards to travel and competition. Horne and Bede have been excellent leaders this season, each excelling during big moments.

Edit:
Nolley leads the ACC in scoring among those who have played 4 games
Bede is leads the ACC in assists among those who have played 4 games, and 3rd Nationally

Never Forget #1 Overall Seed UVA 54, #64 UMBC 74