After going four consecutive years on the wrong side of the bubble, it was a 15-16 season and a ninth place finish in the ACC that finally did in the Head Hokie.
“We have terminated Seth Greenberg’s contract,” athletic director Jim Weaver said.
The irony is that this decision had less to do with Greenberg’s record than it did with the fact that he had lost essentially his entire coaching staff this offseason. James Johnson went to Clemson, John Richardson went back to ODU and Robert Eshan left for UAB along with director of operations Jeff Wulbrun.
“It had nothing to do with losing. It had nothing to do with NCAA appearances,” Weaver said. “It had something to do with people leaving and something to do with me wanting to change the direction and the leadership of the program.”
Apparently, the people that left didn’t give glowing reports of Greenberg during their exit interviews. Weaver said the rest of the department has a “family environment” and “it became crystal clear last week they didn’t have that.” The decision was made that Greenberg’s contract was not going to be extended, which is why he was let go now. What’s the point of keeping him around if he’s not in the plans for the future?
The biggest issue with this firing is the timing. Greenberg had no idea that he was going to be fired hours before the press conference to announce the decision, let alone when he was out in Pittsburgh this past weekend recruiting. It’s late April, the middle of the spring evaluation period and Virginia Tech has a team that needs to be rebuilt and a star recruit in Montrezl Harrell that will now have every coach in the country calling his phone.
Who can they hire at this point? Weaver said in the press conference that their affiliation with the ACC will make the position one that is desired, which makes the likelihood of the Hokies swinging and missing at candidates they have no chance of landing seem high. I promise you this: trying to hire Shaka Smart, Brad Stevens or Chris Mooney would probably be a bad idea.
Are they going to be able to make a hire quickly enough that the program will have anyone out of the road recruiting this coming weekend? Because if not, the Hokies will find themselves even further behind.
Rob Dauster is the editor of the college basketball website Ballin’ is a Habit. You can find him on twitter @robdauster.
Five-star point guard Trevon Duval is the most electrifying lead guard in the Class of 2017. The native of Delaware dominated the Under Armour circuit this spring and is currently regarded by many as a top-five player in the class by most recruiting services.
Now he’s down to 10 schools as his recruiting is starting to become more of a focus. The 6-foot-2 Duval is down to Arizona, Cal, Kansas, Maryland, Oregon, St. John’s, Seton Hall, UCLA, USC and Villanova.
Things are still early in the process for Duval and it will be interesting to see if he schedules any official visits soon.
Ohio State has lost quite a few transfers and hasn’t had a lot go their way with regards to recent recruiting, but things could be changing after a good weekend.
The Class of 2018 is starting to look really good for the Buckeyes as they landed commitments from wings Darius Bazley and Justin Ahrens this weekend. The two in-state products are grassroots teammates together on King James and they give Ohio State three commitments in that class.
Bazley is considered a four-star prospect on Rivals while Ahrens checks in as a three-star. They join another Ohio native, guard Dane Goodwin, in the class as this could be the group that helps bring Ohio State back in regular Big Ten contention.
Butler picked up an important commitment on Monday as four-star forward Kyle Young committed to the Bulldogs.
A Class of 2017 stretch forward who can hit jumpers and has an improving skill set, the 6-foot-7 Young comes from Massillon, Ohio and he’s regarded as the No. 109 overall prospect.
Young was impressive in the Nike EYBL this spring and summer with King James as he averaged 15.5 points, 8.0 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game as he shot 48 percent from the field and 36 percent from 3-point range.
This is a nice grab for Butler as Young is the type of versatile perimeter shooter that they like to utilize and he should be able to help a bit on the glass as well.
Young joins a class that includes guards Cooper Neese and Jerald Butler.
Earlier this summer, we told you the story of Collin Sexton, how the 6-foot-2 Georgia native went from being a mid-major recruit to a five-star prospect being courted by the likes of Kansas, Arizona, North Carolina and Villanova.
It’s because he’s a bucket-getter.
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He averaged 31 points in the Nike EYBL circuit, nine points better than Michael Porter, who finished second in the league in scoring. No one puts points on the board like he does, so it’s only fitting that he was the guy that made a shot from the balcony during ‘The Trip’, Nike’s effort to keep kids associated with their brand from Elite 24:
UCLA capped their three-game trip to Australia on Sunday night with a 94-91 win over the Brisbane Bullets, a game in which sophomore point guard Aaron Holiday finished with a team-high 17 points. Bryce Alford and Isaac Hamilton both added 16 points and freshman Ike Anigbogu finished with 13 points and 10 boards.
This win came just two days after the Bruins lost to Melbourne United, 89-84, when Hamilton — 18 points and five assists — and Holiday — 16 points — were both once again impressive. Alford also added 18 points in Friday’s loss.
It’s not surprising that the Bruins had some up and down performances abroad. Everyone does. It’s what happens when a team of college kids, with three freshmen playing key roles, heads to the other side of the world to square off against teams made up of professionals. Don’t go hanging the ‘Fire Steve Alford’ banners on anymore airplanes just yet.
There are, however, two interesting things to consider from this trip:
– Lonzo Ball, UCLA’s star freshman, was, at best, their fourth-best perimeter player. Seniors Isaac Hamilton and Bryce Alford and sophomore Aaron Holiday all played well and posted impressive numbers on the three-game trip. Ball? He didn’t shoot well. At all. In UCLA’s 47-point opening win, he was 3-for-9 from the floor and 1-for-3 from three, putting together was was by far his best shooting performance of the trip. In the three games, he shot a total of 25 percent (9-36) from the field and 19 percent (4-21) from three. He did average 5.0 assists and, in one game, notched 13 boards, but Ball’s ability to shoot will be something to keep an eye on.
– And then there’s this, from Bryce Alford:
UCLA needs to travel with more towels.