Mar 12, 2014; Greensboro, NC, USA; Virginia Tech Hokies forward Jarell Eddie (31) drives to the basket against Miami Hurricanes guard Davon Reed (5) during the first round of the ACC Tournament at Greensboro Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports
Jarell Eddie entered the 2013-2014 college basketball season as the focal point for the Virginia Tech Hokies and was hoping to become a big time scorer similar to what Erick Green did when he was Co-ACC Player of the Year. Jarell Eddie did not have as good of a season as some people hope but he did end his career with his best season of his career statistically even though the Hokies had the worst record in Eddie’s four years in Blacksburg.
The Hokies were quite young and Jarell Eddie stepped up and quite a strong start to the season as Eddie had only one game in 2013 with less than 10 points. Jarell Eddie had some big scoring games against big time competition as Eddie put up 23 points against Michigan State who were ranked number 1 at the time while also helping the Hokies start ACC play with a win over Miami with Eddie having 24 points. Jarell Eddie also had a streak of 10 or more rebounds in three straight games including 11 against Seton Hall.
Jarell Eddie started to struggle in ACC play as every opponent knew that Eddie had been the focal point of the Hokies so far in the 2013-2014 season. Eddie started pressing with some of his struggles and his shot selection was absolutely terrible in some games which hurt the Hokies. Eddie was still a quality veteran presence that usually avoided having many turnovers with no more than 4 in a single ACC game. Eddie did have a couple of big performances with 20 points against Wake Forest and 23 points at Boston College. Jarell Eddie struggled in the first half of ACC play but Eddie started to play better and better at the end of ACC play.
By the end of the season, Jarell Eddie started to get more space due to the emergence of other players including Devin Wilson and Joey Van Zegeren. Eddie would have double-digit points in 4 of the Hokies’ final 6 games and even though Virginia Tech only won 1 game in 2014, Eddie finished his Virginia Tech career in a decent way. The future for Eddie in basketball is likely overseas or in the NBA D-League but that doesn’t mean that this will be the last we hear of from Jarell Eddie.
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