Jan 16, 2013; Durham, NC, USA; Virginia Tech Hokies head coach Dennis Wolff on the sidelines against the Duke Blue Devils during the first half at Cameron Indoor Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark Dolejs-USA TODAY Sports
The Virginia Tech Hokies have not had ideal starts in men’s and women’s basketball this fall with the men’s team at 4-4 and the women’s team at 6-4. The men’s team’s struggles aren’t a major surprises given the recognition by many that the Hokies are in a rebuilding mode right now under Buzz Williams.
However, the women’s team’s struggles have been disappointing, but the Hokies also have a very young women’s team that could get a lot better quickly. Right now, women’s basketball head coach Dennis Wolff should not be on the hot seat despite a couple of blowout losses and a worse-than expected record.
One of the biggest reasons for this is recruiting as the Hokies have one of the top 20 recruiting classes in the nation coming in next fall led by five-star forward Kelly Koshuta. Koshuta, along with 4-star point guard Chanette Hicks and 3-star wing Alana Gilmer, form the strongest class the Hokies have recruited on the women’s side in the last few seasons.
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On top of that, the Hokies are loaded with a ton of youth led by the fact that the Hokies have only one senior on the roster in guard Kelsey Conyers. The Hokies top three scorers are two freshmen and one sophomores which just shows how much potential that this team has in the future.
Regan Magarity seems to be a player with a very bright future as the freshman forward is averaging 14.0 points and 10.6 rebounds per game which is very impressive though Magarity is currently injured. Guard Rachel Camp has also had a very strong freshman season with 16.6 assists, 7.2 rebounds, and 2.4 assists per game. Sophomore Vanessa Panousis also has been productive at the point with 11.4 points and 4.0 assists per game.
This is going to be another tough season for the Hokies’ women’s basketball team but the future is very bright and they should be in the NCAA Tournament either next season or the year after. Dennis Wolff is the coach to lead the Hokies right now and should not be on the hot seat despite some of Virginia Tech’s disappointing home losses.