- Last Season: 21-12, Lost in first round of NCAA Tournament
- Notable Losses: Justin Bibbs
- Notable Additions: Landers Nolley II, Ty Outlaw (missed last two seasons due to injury, medical issues)
Despite the fact that I have them ranked as the No. 13 team in these preseason college basketball rankings, the Virginia Tech Hokies still fit the bill as a sleeper entering the 2018-19 season. They’re a team who is without Justin Bibbs, their second-leading scorer last season, and a group that truly lacks any real size that will affect their frontcourt. Having said that, they’re going to be a tough game against anyone in the country.
Even with the departure of Bibbs, this Virginia Tech team returns a group that proved last season that they can produce. Their four returning starters, Justin Robinson, Kerry Blackshear, Ahmed Hill and Nickeil Alexander-Walker, all averaged more than 10 points per game last season. What’s more, their sixth-man from last season in Chris Clarke is back and should again play a big role for this Hokies team.
The success of Virginia Tech in the 2018-19 season will obviously hinge on the experience that this team has both at this level and with playing together. However, it will also be contingent upon guys like Alexander-Walker and Blackshear taking a step forward. They have the talent but need to make a bit of a jump to get the Hokies to the heights they have the potential to reach.
What can’t be counted out in this is head coach Buzz Williams. He’s proven to be a great coach in this sport, able to maximize the talent on his roster. With one of his most talented groups since coming to Blacksburg, watch out for this team.