Virginia Tech men’s basketball coach Seth Greenberg is in Richmond Wednesday for the announcement of the Governor’s Holiday Hoops Classic, which will pit the Hokies against VCU during the 2013 season.
Perhaps more pressing, though, is some news involving Greenberg’s current roster of players, now that Virginia Tech is getting set to travel to Windsor, Canada next week for a pair of exhibition games.
Greenberg revealed this past weekend that forwards Jarell Eddie and Allan Chaney will not make the trip with the rest of the team for different reasons.
As of now, Eddie is not eligible to play again until after the fall semester following his arrest for marijuana possession last February and subsequent suspension from school. NCAA rules state that to be eligible a player must complete six credit hours the previous semester. Eddie did not accomplish that because his suspension included a dismissal from school for the remainder of the spring semester.
Eddie was sentenced to serve 100 community service hours as a result of the arrest, but Greenberg said he plans to appeal to the NCAA to reinstate Eddie for the fall semester because the Charlotte native has already completed 36 credit hours since arriving on campus last summer.
“The rule that was put in, quite honestly, is a rule that’s put in for bad students, not good students,” Greenberg said.
Until a ruling is made on the appeal, the sophomore is allowed only to practice with the team; he would not be able to play in games until late December. Greenberg did note, however that Eddie has been lighting it up in the team’s practice sessions.
“He shoots it, you think it’s going in almost every time,” the coach said.
Greenberg was much more coy about Chaney’s situation, saying only, “We had some meetings and we’ll probably have some closure and some information in the next week.”
Chaney, who has not played in a game at Virginia Tech since transferring from Florida in 2009, collapsed on the practice court last spring and was diagnosed with viral myocarditis, a virus of the heart, and later developed scarring around his heart. He’s seen a number of doctors since, and even underwent a nine-hour surgery with a Philadelphia-based heart specialist in June, as medical folks try to figure out whether he can ever get back on the court.
Chaney indicated on Twitter last month that Dr. Francis Marchlinski in Philadelphia had given him clearance to play, but Greenberg said this past weekend the decision is more complicated than that.
“There’s a team of doctors that will be making the decision,” Greenberg said. “It’s not just one person.” . . .
In other basketball news, seniors Dorenzo Hudson and J.T. Thompson have returned to the court this summer. Greenberg said Hudson is 100 percent recovered from the foot surgery that forced him to take a medical redshirt last season. Hudson averaged 15.2 points per game in 2009-10 and was a third team all-ACC selection that year.
Thompson, meanwhile, “is making progress,” Greenberg said. “...Let’s see where he is in November. November is a long time away, but he’s working his tail off.”
Thompson averaged 7.3 points per game off the bench two years ago, but missed all of last season after tearing his ACL in a preseason pick-up game. . . .
Also of note from Greenberg’s chat with reporters is the on-campus arrival of Dutch freshman Joey Van Zegeren, a late signee courtesy of new assistant coach Rob Ehsan. Van Zegeren, 20, has been participating in practices and Greenberg has been impressed with his maturity level.
“It’s literally like dealing with an adult, which is exciting, Greenberg said.
“He’s a legitimate 6-10,” he added. “He needs to get stronger. He’s got good bounce. He’s long as could be. He’s got to get used to being as competitive as I want him to be, but he’s got a chance to be a really good player.”