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It’s not the off-season if someone on Virginia Tech’s basketball team isn’t transferring or getting hurt. Today, Robert Brown announced via a prepared statement that he is transferring from Virginia Tech to be closer to home. However, this move could be due to his struggles throughout the majority of this 2012-2013 season. Brown started off as the Hokies 3rd scorer this season and then dropped off the radar in ACC play.
Brown finished the season averaging 8.3 points per game but shot the ball at a 33-percent pace. That is well below what he is capable of as a shooter and as a player.
The good news here is that Brown’s departure opens up the door for UNC-Wilmington transfer Adam Smith to start next season. Smith is a natural scorer and a better fit for James Johnson’s system. It will also allow Donte Clark to play a much larger role as a freshman and as a backup at the “2” guard.
Overall, I don’t think Tech fans should fret this news. Brown is a good player and I hope he regains his confidence somewhere down in Florida. He has the ability to be a 15 points per game player at a smaller school in a smaller conference.
For the Hokies, they have a good recruiting class coming in that’s full of the players Coach Johnson wants. Also, Tech will now be able to sign one more player in this class if they wish to do so. While this move may hurt Tech in the short run, it speeds up the transition from this being Seth Greenberg’s program to Coach Johnson’s program. I’ll sacrifice a few wins next year for additional wins in an NCAA tournament year four years from now.
The Starting Five
Browns transfer doesn’t change my projections for next year’s starting five. Here’s a quick rundown.
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PG – Marquis Rankin
SG – Adam Smith
SF – Jarrell Eddie
PF – Marshall Wood
C – Cadarian Raines
The upside for this group is they should be slightly better defensively. Judging Tech’s play last season, they couldn’t get any worse. I like Smith’s tenacity at the 2 and I think he’s quickly going to become a fan favorite. Also, Rankin showed some improvement last season. If takes another step forward this off-season, he’ll lockdown the starting job at point.
Jarrell Eddie will hopefully improve upon this season and enter his final year with a chip on his shoulders. He’s going to have to take over as Tech’s go-to-shooter in key situations.
Cadarian Raines and Marshall Wood are the best options down low although Raines will need to become a more consistent factor as a senior. I think he could be a nine or 10 ppg player. If he can consistently provide those numbers, especially in ACC play, the Hokies will be a much better team.
Wood will likely occupy the four because of his rebounding presence and his ability to run the floor. It will give the Hokies a mismatch at that position offensively.
I don’t love this starting five but there’s potential with this group.
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