The Virginia Tech men’s basketball team will open the 2023-24 season in early November. Coach Mike Young and his team will be looking to get back to the NCAA Tournament after missing last season and settling for an NIT bid and having their season end at Cincinnati. The Hokies return some key players, including point guard Sean Pedulla.
The Edmond, Okla. native is entering his junior season in Blacksburg and looking to help Virginia Tech have a bounce-back season, and with the season just over a month away, he is already getting some preseason respect.
Sean Pedulla gets preseason recognition as a returning point guard
Last season Pedulla averaged 35.7 minutes. night, 15 points per game with 130 assists and 41 steals. He had a season-high 25 points in March against Florida State. He was the second-leading scorer last season for the Hokies behind Grant Baslie’s 16.4. Pedulla finished in double-figures in all 31 games for Virginia Tech. He had 22 points in a home win over Virginia last February.
He was recently named one of the top 30 returning points guards for this upcoming season.
Pedulla is joined on the list by five other ACC point guards and it’s an impressive group heading into the season. Judah Mintz of Syracuse was ranked fourth, Nijel Pack of Miami was sixth, RJ Davis of North Carolina was ninth, Reece Beekman of Virginia was 18th and Jeremy Roach of Duke was 21st. Pedulla will play Pack and Beekman twice and the others just once in the regular season.
Virginia Tech opens the season on Nov. 6 against Coppin State and you should expect Pedulla to average nearly the same 35.7 minutes he did last season again this season. Young is going to lean on his veteran ballhandler this season in both conference and non-conference games as the Hokies look to improve on their 8-12 ACC record from a year ago.
Sean Pedulla will have a lot of eyes on him this season and as he has shown in his first two seasons, he’s not worried and is one of the top point guards in the ACC.