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Tech's "Big Three" Putting up Big Numbers
by Chris Coleman, TechSideline.com, TSLMail #427, April 9, 2010
Malcolm Delaney, Jeff Allen and Dorenzo Hudson all have just one season remaining with the Virginia Tech basketball program. If they all continue to produce at a high level, they will finish their careers among the top scorers in school history.
Delaney especially has a chance to finish very high on the list. Right now, if each player scores the same number of points next season as they did this past season, all three will finish in the top 30 on Tech's all-time scoring list.
If for some reason Delaney decides not to return for his senior season, he is already 14th in school history with 1,618 points. If he returns, he's almost a lock to finish in the top five in Tech history. Currently in fifth place is A.D. Vassallo, with 1,822 points. Delaney is just 204 points behind him, so it shouldn't take him very long to move into the top five next year, assuming he stays healthy.
Jeff Allen already has 1,248 points, which is tied for 28th all-time at Virginia Tech. Allen has been steady throughout his career, scoring 388 points as a freshman, 451 as a sophomore and 409 as a junior. Allen's numbers dropped off slightly as a junior, going from 13.7 points per game to 12 points, and dropping from 8.4 rebounds per game to 7.4.
Part of that is because he played 111 fewer minutes this year, despite appearing in one more game than he did in 2008-09. Allen went through a stretch in the middle of the ACC schedule when he got in foul trouble in just about every game, and that hurt his overall numbers. If he can improve his numbers slightly this year, he has a chance to finish in the top 10 on Tech's all-time scoring list. He'll need a total of 1,706 points to finish in a tie with Ace Custis for 10th place.
Dorenzo Hudson is an interesting story. He has 747 points in his career, a whopping 500 of which came during his junior season. If he scores another 500 points as a senior, he will finish with 1,247 points, and that would put him 30th on Tech's all-time list.
However, Hudson really didn't start coming on until late December/early January. He averaged 15.2 points per game, but January 2 through the end of the season that average jumped to 18.2 points per game. Even if you take out the 41 point performance against Seton Hall, his average the rest of the season was a little over 17 points per game.
Hudson scored in double figures just twice in the first nine games of the season. Over the final 24 games, he scored in double figures on 22 occasions. That includes a 9-point performance in Tech's 72-30 win over NC Central during which Hudson only played 22 minutes because of the lopsided score.
If Hudson can play the entire season in 2010-11 like he did from January through March this year, then he'll finish with higher numbers than projected. Either way, he's an easy bet to be a 1,000 point scorer at Virginia Tech.
We can't accurately predict what kind of numbers these players will put up next season. All three are expected to improve, though that doesn't mean that their numbers will necessarily go up.
Next season the Hokies will add Allan Chaney, a 6-9 power forward who reportedly has a very good offensive skillset. If Chaney comes in and averages double figures, he could potentially cut into the numbers put up by Delaney, Allen and Hudson. He would make the Hokies a better overall team, though the career numbers of the "Big Three" would be damaged in the process.
Chaney is expected to join the Tech starting lineup, replacing Victor Davila. If that's the case, here is how the playing rotation would look next season.
Tech will have two freshmen coming in, point guard Ty Garland and wing Jarell Eddie. They will both have an opportunity to earn minutes as well.
No matter how you slice it, Seth Greenberg will have the deepest and most talented team of his tenure this coming season.
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