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NBA Draft Filled with Former Tech Opponents
by Chris Coleman, TechSideline.com, TSLMail #490, June 24, 2011
If you watched any of the 2011 NBA Draft last night, you probably saw some names you recognized. That's because of the 46 college players who were selected in the draft, Virginia Tech played against 15 of them.
It would have been 16 of 46, had Kyrie Irving played in either one of the Tech-Duke games last season. You'll recognize some names on this list, and others will be new to you.
Tech faced Kemba Walker of UConn in the 2010 NIT. Virginia Tech won that game after an awesome 27 point game from Dorenzo Hudson, whose output overcame a 6-point, 2-of-14 shooting night from Malcolm Delaney. Walker had a good game, scoring 18 points, but he also had three turnovers and missed what would have been the game-winning jumper.
No one in the post for Virginia Tech could handle Purdue's JaJuan Johnson this past season. Purdue beat the Hokies 58-55 in overtime in Cassell Coliseum, and Johnson scored 29 of their points in 44 minutes of action. His teammate, former Virginia Tech recruiting target E'Twaun Moore, was taken #55 overall in the NBA Draft. He scored 14 points against the Hokies.
The Richmond Spiders put a player in the NBA this year. The Hokies faced Justin Harper twice when he was a freshman and a sophomore, but he didn't put up big numbers either time. Harper had eight points and three rebounds against Tech as a freshman, and five points and four rebounds as a sophomore. In that second game, he was just 1-of-9 from the field in 22 minutes.
The Hokies also beat Trey Thompkins and Travis Leslie of Georgia 74-62 back on December 6, 2009. The Hokies dominated Thompkins in the paint, and the big man finished with just five points and four rebounds. Jeff Allen and Victor Davila combined for 22 points and 15 rebounds. Leslie paced Georgia with 17 points, but the Hokies won the game with relative ease.
Jon Leuer lit the Hokies up for 17 points while coming off the bench in his game against VT. He was 6-of-11 from the field, and hit both of his three-pointers. Leuer was a big reason Wisconsin won the game 74-72.
Temple beat the Hokies 61-50 on November 27, 2009 thanks in large part to the play of Lavoy Allen. Allen dropped a double-double on Virginia Tech, finishing with 18 points and 10 rebounds. He was 8-of-9 from the field, and frustrated Jeff Allen all night.
The most obscure name on that list is Hofstra guard Charles Jenkins. Virginia Tech beat Hofstra 84-59 in Madison Square Garden on December 28, 2007. It was an easy game to forget, but Jenkins did start as a freshman against the Hokies. He had 13 points, four rebounds and four assists in 32 minutes.
That's a lot of NBA players the Hokies played against, in just one draft. The Hokies have faced even more than that since 2004, the year they joined the ACC. They've managed to be one of the winningest programs in the league during that span, despite the fact that they've only had one player drafted by the NBA. Deron Washington was taken with the next-to-last pick in the 2009 Draft, but he's never appeared in an NBA game.
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