When the first July recruiting period for college basketball begins Wednesday, it will mark the start to one of the busiest times of the year for Virginia Tech Coach Seth Greenberg.
Over the course of two 10-day spans (July 6-15 and July 22-31), he and his staff will travel to places like Myrtle Beach, S.C.; Las Vegas; Phoenix; Indianapolis; Akron, Ohio; the Washington area; and even overseas in search of talent to fill the Hokies’ 2012 and 2013 recruiting classes.
And yet, as he sat in his office this past weekend, Greenberg’s mind was more focused on his heralded recruiting class of 2011, rated No. 12 in the nation by ESPN. The Hokies’ five incoming freshmen have all arrived on campus and are now enrolled in the second session of Virginia Tech’s summer school, which began Tuesday.
But to help accelerate their acclimation to the college ranks, Greenberg said the Hokies will play two exhibition games against the University of Windsor during a three-day trip to Canada next month. NCAA rules permit college basketball programs to play offseason games overseas, and hold 10 days of practice in conjunction with those trips, once every four years.
“We wouldn’t do it with one [freshman] or a veteran team,” said Greenberg, who also took Virginia Tech to Windsor for three exhibition games in September 2007. “We had a good experience last time, and we get 10 practices. It’s a bonding experience, and a chance to grow. It’s just one of those things that’s good for us.”
The Hokies will travel to Windsor, which is just a short drive from Detroit, on August 16 and play exhibition games against University of Windsor on August 17 and August 18. Practices for the trip will begin August 3.
Virginia Tech’s incoming freshman class is highlighted by Virginia AAA state player of the year Dorian Finney-Smith, the highest-rated recruit to commit to Virginia Tech during Greenberg’s eight-year tenure in Blacksburg. The class also includes three Hargrave Military Academy teammates — guards Robert Brown and Marquis Rankin and forward C.J. Barksdale — and 20-year-old Dutch forward Johan Van Zegeren. . . .
Greenberg also said there is no update on forward Allan Chaney following a second set of tests with University of Pennsylvania cardiologist Francis Marchlinski late last week in Philadelphia. Marchlinski performed a nine-hour ablation procedure on Chaney’s heart back in May after the Baltimore native missed all of last season with viral myocarditis and subsequent scarring around his heart.
“There’s a lot to it, and we’re still trying to see what procedures to follow,” said Greenberg, adding that the insertion of a defribrillator is still a possibility.
Greenberg said any discussions about Chaney gaining clearance to play next season are premature, and that he’s more focused on ensuring Chaney can lead a long and healthy life. Chaney has not played for the Hokies since transferring from Florida prior to the 2009-10 season. . . .
Via twitter, Greenberg also announced this weekend that Virginia Tech will face BYU in Blacksburg on January 25. As part of the agreement, the Hokies will play a return game in Salt Lake City on a future date.