Eleven games into the 2023-24 season, the Virginia Tech men's basketball team is 8-3 with one more non-conference game remaining on Thursday night at Cassell Coliseum against American before ACC play begins in full on Dec. 30 at Wake Forest.
The Hokies have taken care of business and one reason why they are off to a good start is because of center Lynn Kidd. He is quickly turning into a very good big on the inside for Virginia Tech at both ends of the floor and his stats back that up.
Lynn Kidd among elite ACC company early in 2023-24
Eleven games into the season, Kidd has already recorded three double-doubles against Coppin State, Campbell, and Vermont. More importantly, he has hit double figures in nine of the 11 Virginia Tech games, failing to do so against Florida Atlantic and Auburn. He had nine points against FAU. His three double doubles trail North Carolina's Armando Bacot, and Quiten Post of Boston College who each have five. Miami's Norchad Omier had four and Duke's Kyle Filipowski has three with Kidd.
Through 11 games, he is averaging 15.2 points a game and 7.6 rebounds a game. What also has been huge and impressive is the way he is shooting free throws. It's a lost art for a lot of bigs at a lot of levels where the bigs struggle to make their free throws, but the 6-foot-10 senior from Florida is shooting 84.9% from the charity stripe.
Kidd will get an opportunity to show what he can do against some of the other players in the ACC once conference play begins in full, but for now, his presence on the inside has been huge for head coahc Mike Young. You know what you're going to get from Sean Pedulla and Hunter Cattoor, but Kidd playing the way he has and producing at both ends of the floor is big for the Hokies.
Virginia Tech has big hopes to reach the NCAA Tournament this season and Kidd gives them another option that can open things up for their shooters and make them a tougher team to defend.