Photo Credit: Dave Knachel/Virginia Tech Athletics
Over the past few years, The Basketball Tournament has gone from a television experiment to one of the most popular basketball events in the summer in the world. During this time, many prominent college basketball programs have assembled team full of alums to compete for the now $2 million prize with Virginia Tech getting in on the action.
The team, known as the Cassell Guardians, announced their first player today: Devin Wilson.
BREAKING: We are excited to announce that @DevWil_XI will be playing for the #CassellGuardians in @thetournament this summer! Hokie Nation, welcome Devin to the team! #TBT2020 pic.twitter.com/9Llrs5ga91— Cassell Guardians (Virginia Tech Alumni) (@HokiesTBT) April 17, 2020
Wilson saw his role, and the Virginia Tech basketball program, radically transform during his time in Blacksburg from 2013-2018. Wilson played 129 games, starting 80, during his time at Virginia Tech and averaged 5.1 points per game with his peak average coming as a freshman in 2013-14 when he averaged 9.2 points along with 4.8 assists and 3.2 rebounds per game.
His long, successful collegiate career saw him accumulate 414 assists, sixth all-time at Virginia Tech, while his 148 assists during the 2013-14 season are the most by a freshman in program history.
As mentioned above, Wilson saw his role transform going from focal point on offense as a freshman to a defensive stopper during the 2017-18 season, helping the Hokies make their second of three-straight NCAA Tournament appearances under Buzz Williams. Now, Wilson returns to represent the Hokies with his eyes set on winning a title and the $2 million prize that comes with it.
We will have more as this story develops.