Virginia Tech basketball was represented well when the ACC awards list came out on Monday morning.
Redshirt junior, Keve Aluma earned second-team All-ACC honors while redshirt sophomore, Tyrece Radford earned honorable mention honors. Head coach, Mike Young was named ACC Coach of the Year after leading the Hokies to a 15-5 record.
Aluma, a redshirt junior has been a star his first year at Virginia Tech. The transfer from Wofford has made a splash in the ACC, earning second-team All-ACC honors. He has been a major reason as to why this Hokie team has seen such success this season.
The 6-foot-9 forward has started all 20 games for the Hokies. Averaging 15.9, 2.1 assists, and 8 rebounds per game. His highest scoring game came against Pittsburgh where he had 30 points. Against Georgia Tech he had a season-high 14 rebounds and five assists.
Radford is another important player on this team, and having him back for March will help Virginia Tech to play consistently well.
He earned ACC honorable mention honors after averaging 11.4 points, 6.1 rebounds, and 2.1 assists per game. In the Hokie’s upset over Villanova, he had a season-high 13 rebounds.
In my opinion, Mike Young for ACC Coach of the Year was an easy decision after the season he and the Hokies have had. In the voting Young earned 26 votes just two more than Florida State’s Leonard Hamilton.
In only his second year as head coach, he led Virginia Tech to a 15-5, 9-4 ACC record to finish third in the ACC. The No. 3 seed earns the Hokies their first double-bye in program history it also ties the highest seed that the team has had at the tournament.
It’s the first time a Virginia Tech coach has won the award since 2008 when Seth Greenberg won the award for the second time.
The Virginia Tech basketball team will start their ACC tournament on Thursday at 9 p.m. ET on ESPN against either Wake Forest, North Carolina, or Notre Dame.
The Hokies will make the big dance but making a run in Greensboro could help lock up a higher seed.