Leading up to the ACC Tournament we’ll be doing player spotlights for Virginia Tech basketball, first up is Keve Aluma.
2020 was somewhat of a coming-out party for forward Keve Aluma, as he doubled his points and assists averages per-game versus his 2019 season with Wofford. Aluma also had five double-doubles this year matched with several great scoring games where he topped 25 points three times. Playing in every game this year he has been an integral part of the 15-5 record and Virginia Tech is ranked 22nd, on top of sitting third in a solid ACC.
Keve Aluma scored double-digits in all three games against current top-25 ranked teams.
Aluma has shown he belongs with the big dogs after spending the last two seasons with Wofford. This year everything has been up, except his shooting percentages as he’s just 37% from deep, and a questionable 50% from the field, though in all fairness to his shooting percentage. He has been asked to do more than ever before putting up 222 shots, which is more than he had in the last two seasons combined in fewer games.
Where he has started to excel was on the defensive side of the ball and playmaking.
In sixteen fewer games to this point this season, Aluma has seven more assists, six fewer blocks, and 12 fewer steals than he did in all of 2019. We are seeing a player start to become a more all-around player. In 2019 there was no chance Aluma would average a double-double, he currently is sitting just two rebounds a game average away from hitting that mark, as he is already averaging 15+ points a game.
Minus a wild showing in March Madness, I would expect to see him back next year in a Virginia Tech uniform and continue on this march.