Virginia Tech has started the 2012-13 season with 3 wins and 0 losses. All 3 of these wins are by double digits, but they haven’t had to face a strong opponent. The Hokies best 3 players are senior guard Erick Green, sophomore guard Robert Brown, and junior forward Jarell Eddie. These 3 are the three top scorers, while Green and Brown also lead the team in steals and assists, and Eddie leads the team in rebounds. First year head coach James Johnson knows what to expect out of these team leaders, but it is the surrounding roles that need to contribute for the winning to continue, especially the guys in the post. Cadarian Raines is a 6’9” junior forward who looks ready to contribute about 10 points and 8 rebounds a game, which will really help this team who depends mostly on its perimeter players.
Freshmen forwards Marshall Wood and Joey Van Zegeren will also need to step up, and at least one of them needs to play well enough to be a starter next to Raines in the paint. The two freshmen have showed some ability to rebound and block shots, but they will need to be consistent as the season proceeds.
Green sat out towards the end of the second half against Virginia Military with a big lead, but when VMI had a slight glimmer of a comeback, Green came in after four game minutes of sitting. He knocked down a deep 2-pointer, with the shot clock ticking down, which drained the energy out of VMI and sealed the deal.
The Hokies will be tested soon as they will go up against Iowa, Oklahoma State, and West Virginia in three consecutive games after they face two lesser opponents next. If they can take 2 out of those 3 games we’ll be discussing this Virginia Tech team with a much more serious tone.