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Round 6 of the All-Time Virginia Tech Basketball Draft here as our teams put their final touches on their rosters before selecting their head coaches for their teams.
The 2000s continue to dominate the All-Time Virginia Tech Basketball Draft with 3 of the 4 players coming from the 21st Century including the first and only player from the Mike Young era to be drafted. Meanwhile, one more player from the Charlie Moir era also gets picked and pairs up with one of his former teammates.
With that, here's the final player round of the All-Time Virginia Tech Basketball Draft.
21. Team Grant: Jeff Allen
I probably didn’t really need a third forward, but Jeff Allen being available this late was too good to pass up. Allen was one of the most well rounded players the ACC had seen, and his numbers back that up. He was the first player in conference history to record 1,500 points, 1,000 rebounds, 200 steals, and 150 blocked shots over a career.
He averaged 12.7 points and 8.6 rebound per game during his four years at Tech, and he helped the Hokies make four straight NIT appearances, two of which could have easily been NCAA berths. Allen was one of the best players of the Seth Greenberg era at Virginia Tech, and he provides a solid sixth-man option off the bench.
22. Team David: Tyrece Radford
I think this was the pick that threw everyone off. While it’s surprising, Radford turned into a fan favorite this past season, and I wanted to try to cater to a younger crowd. I remember talking to Radford for the first time at media day back in October – he had a great story, had a fantastic character and I got the hint from his teammates that he could be something special. Boy, were they right.
The Baton Rouge native is the first player out of Louisiana to play for the Hokies since… Deron Washington, who is also on my roster. He was one of the most efficient players in the country this past season, shooting 60 percent while averaging 10.2 points and 6.2 rebounds per game. He’s also only 6’1”, might I remind you.
His effort and hustle is unmatched, which led to my coining of the phrase, “Tyrece Radford Hustle Bucket.” He’s going to be fun to watch next season.
23. Team Robert: Dorenzo Hudson
For my sixth man, I felt that it would be best to select a versatile player who I could fit into almost any role. The best available player to fit that bill was Dorenzo Hudson.
Hudson was a fan favorite during the Seth Greenberg era and was known for being a swiss army knife on the floor.
Hudson was a big, athletic guard at 6’5, 220. He could drive and attack the basket while also having a pretty decent jump shot. His best year came during the 2009-10 season when he averaged 15 points and four rebounds.
Hudson would provide a spark off the bench on both ends, and he is the perfect fit for my final roster addition.
24. Team Tim: Perry Young
Dell Curry's star backcourt partner Perry Young falling to this pick was not something that was expected, yet Virginia Tech's fifth all-time leading scorer is a steal at this point and will be a great sixth man for my team.
Young averaged at least 16 points per game in each of his final 3 seasons including 18+ points per game over his final 2 seasons. Young also was a very good rebounder on the wing averaging 6 rebounds per game and provides some versatility in this sixth man role.
Most importantly, Young is another player who had tremendous success being a part of 3 NIT teams and an NCAA Tournament team his senior season in Blacksburg. That type of pedigree adds to a loaded team of stars that had high-level success with Dell Curry, Ace Custis, Zabian Dowdell, Chris Smith, and Nickeil Alexander-Walker.
There you have it, the final round of players have been selected with one round of coaches coming tomorrow.