And Now For Something Completely Different... Hokie Men's Hoops Preseason Discussion

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Thoughts:

  1. David N'Guessan appears to be taking the next step and finding his perimeter stroke
  2. Who will step up and replace Radford's traffic rebounding and drive game?
  3. Guard depth?
  4. Who is first off the bench in the post?
  5. Keve Aluma is preseason All ACC and legit POY candidate
  6. Storm Murphy is the 'Paper Boy"

Great preseason vids from Hokie Sports (click load more at bottom to get to "paper boy' link. Worth a watch
https://hokiesports.com/sports/mens-basketball

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Bold prediction: we have a 1st teamer all ACC player at the end of the season not named Aluma

I think we were picked to finish 5th in the acc? The disrespect!

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I'd have us around there too.. Big questions on defense IMO.

Bede was our best defensive guard, and Radford close behind. Replacing them with Murphy (polished offensive player, but ??? defensively against ACC level athletes) and Cattoor (good positional defender but doesn't have the athleticism to be an elite defender) seems like a rather big step back in defensive capabilities.

Excellent point. I mentioned below that the depth will determine how we do this year, but the defense will play as big of a role. We have starters who can fill it up and let it fly, but defense is a big question mark. Mutts is a very good defender. Aluma can do a good job as well. The backcourt is a big question mark. Murphy is a little guy and might face some tough matchups against ACC point guards. Cattoor, I'm not so sure. I seem to remember Alleyne having some trouble on defense in the past, hopefully he's improved. The bench players, I have no idea.

I recall late in the year, Cattoor playing some great man to man D. Seemed to really be dialed in

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#2: Mutts. He'll be able to slide out to the perimeter more, now that we have Aluma at the 4, and can use Kidd, Ojiako, or N'Guessan at the 5.

#3: Murphy, Alleyne, Cattoor, Maddox, Mutts provide depth at the guard position. I would not expect Pedulla to get a lot of run this season.

#4. Ojiako or N'Guessan.

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Just really want Pedulla to be adequate enough to keep Cattoor off the ball when Murphy needs a blow. . He's a serious shooter so I have hope.

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This is a good take. Cattoor scores more at the two and he doesn't take to many guys off the bounce which means there's not a lot of drive and kick. I think Padulla spells Storm at least in the early going. Coach will see if he's ready.

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A few disagreements:

I'm not sure in what world N'Guessan is a five. If he plays with Mutts and Aluma, I assume Aluma is the five.

Mutts is not a guard, but he'll probably see limited action at the 3 for bigger sets. I assume he'll mostly play as an athletic 4, as he should.

Pedulla will see 5-10 mins off the bench. He's the only other point guard on the team besides Murphy. Mike Young said he'll play some right away.

I have same hope for Pedulla. Here he is up against Keyonte George (top 10 talent). Couple TO's but he sure looks the part.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cUK2-SwC_3M

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We should start Murphy-Cattoor-Alleyne-Mutts-Aluma.

Off the bench, N'Guessan probably gets the most minutes. Maddox will have to take a big step up and play pretty legit minutes as the main backup on the wing. Kidd/Ojiako will eat up some minutes in the post. Hopefully at least one of them can play at an ACC level by now. Pedulla should play whenever Murphy is out of the game, which is probably only 5-10 minutes. If he's not ready enough to play against the big teams, Cattoor could slide over for maybe 5 minutes a game, even though he's not really a PG.

IMO if those 4-5 (very inexperienced) bench players step up (and we stay healthy), we can make the 2nd weekend of the tourney. If the bench guys can't step up, while the starting lineup is very good, we probably peak at round of 32.

Spot on with this.

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So in all seriousness a starting line up of Murphy, Cattoor, Alleyne, Mutts, and Aluma wins us A LOT of games. If Boots had stayed we would have won quite a few more, but I don't fault him for doing what he things is best for him and his family. That said, we do need to find a way to replace what Boots brought to the team, and it's totally cool if those things are picked up by different people.

We will need someone from the guard spot to: snag a lot of rebounds (Boots was very good on the boards), be efficient at creating their own shot, and can be counted on to drive and get to the line when everyone else is in a cold spell shooting the ball. We have plenty of talent, and I'm confident that we will have a player or two that doesn't have a lot of minutes to their career yet that can step up and help with the work.

On that note, the lack of experienced depth is a concern, but if I'm being honest this may be one of the most talented benches that we've seen. Unproven, yes, but talented. Lynn Kidd is a 4 star PF before he went to Clemson, Sean Pedulla had a ranking of .9235 coming out of high school, Darius Maddox is also a 4 star guard who hasn't played much, and I really like what David N'Guessan can be for us. While it's true that there's not a lot of minutes or experience in this bench, the stage is set for one of these guys to get in the spotlight in a big way. This is a big change from years past where, outside of the starting five, we had a role player or two and a couple walk-ons.

At the end of the day, assuming no major injuries or COVID-related issues, I think we land somewhere as a 3-6 seed in the tournament and that's a damn good place to be. On a personal note: I'm so damn excited to be back in Cassell again that I can't even put it into words.

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1. I hope so. We were told the same thing about Wabissa Bede multiple times, and it just never happened. N'Guessan has a prettier shot than Bede, though, so I am hopeful.
2. Likely no one. However, the points lost from the absence of Radford's offensive rebounds will be supplemented by the fact that there will be more spacing and better perimeter shooting with him not out there. I think defensive rebounding will be fine.
3. We are one injury away from being in a little trouble. I never thought I'd see the day when VT basketball has way better frontcourt depth than backcourt.
4. N'Guessan.
5. I agree. I also think it's possible N'Guessan gets Most Improved Player.
6. Just like Willie Byrn.

Edit: had a grammatical error I was disgusted by.

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has a prettier shot than Bede

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Some notes...

- this team is very deep at the 4/5; probably 40+ years since we've had that kind of size/depth; total transformation since MY year 1
- opponents can't really afford to double anyone; all of the guards and even 3 of the big guys are legit 3 point threats. so who will attack the basket? maybe everybody
- a silver lining in losing Boots is that Pedulla and Maddox will be in much better position to play significant roles next year while Rice and Collins get their feet wet.

I think there will be a surprise in the starting line up, either Maddux or N'Guessan.

I get the feeling that CMY likes having a stud on the bench to bring in and play starter minutes. I just have a feeling this is Cattoor, who can spell Naheim or Storm.

Cattoor just gets better every year. His first year he was a shooter and scrapper for the ball, but his technique was rough. Looking forward to this year.

Most definitely could see it. Puts less pressure on Maddux and having Cattoor paired with Pedulla gives Pedulla a experienced backcourt mate who can handle point

'Its easy to grin, when your ship comes in, and you've got the stock market beat,
but the man worthwhile, is the man who can smile, when his shorts are too tight in the seat'

It sounds like N'Guessan will start. I would put money down on Murphy - Alleyne - Mutts - N'Guessan - Aluma.

Put in Donlon

If N'Guessan has improved his shot then I like it. Hunter can come off the bench and give 1-3 rest and you have Big John/Kidd to spill the bigs. Teams have made runs with a 7 deep rotation but a lot hinges on guys staying healthy. I would feel much better if Maddox takes a leap forward or Pedulla is ready for some minutes early.

Nice TSL article on Mutts.

MUTTS

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Anyone know how the scrimmages against Liberty and Richmond went?

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