Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Comings and goings Part V: Virginia Tech

Kelly Koshuta
Here is Part V of our series Comings and goings. We take a look at Virginia Tech, which pulled off back-to-back upsets over North Carolina State and Pitt in the ACC Tournament before endings its season against Florida State.

Comings and Goings: Old Dominion
Comings and Goings: Richmond
Comings and Goings: George Mason
Comings and Goings: Virginia

Who's going

- Kelsey Conyers, 5-9 Sr. G, Chesterfield, Va. (Cosby);

- Assistant coaches Bett Shelby and Jermaine Woods

Conyers started 22 of 32 games last season and averaged 3.6 points and ranked second on the team with 60 assists. One of only two Hokies (Panousis) with more assists than turnovers (51). Shelby is assisting Brenda Frese at Maryland and  Woods returned home to Norfolk to be an assistant to Old Dominion's Karen Barefoot.

Who's coming

- Kelly Koshuta, 6-2 F/C, Vienna, Va. (James Madison High); ranked No. 32 on ESPN's Top 100 list for 2015 recruits; had career totals of 1,726 points and 946 rebounds despite missing her entire sophomore year with a knee injury; All-Met Player of the Year by the Washington Post
- Chanette Hicks, 5-5 G, Norfolk, Va. (Maury High); ranked No. 53 on ESPN's Top 100 list for 2015 recruits; averaged 16.8 ppg and 7.1 spg as a senior; All-Atlantic Conference POY

- Alana Gilmer, 6-0 G/F, Easton, Mass (Archbishop Williams); led the Bishops to back-to-back Division 3 state titles; First-team All-USA Massachusetts (USA Today)

- Assistants Heather Vulin and Britney Anderson

Five-star recruit Koshuta leads a Top-20 recruiting class that will look to move Tech into the top half of the ACC. Remember also that Regan Magarity started her collegiate career averaging 14 points through five games before going down with a knee injury. Double-figure scorers Vanessa Panousis, who will play for the Australian national team in the upcoming World University Games, and impact freshman Rachel Camp also return for what looks, on paper, as a Tech team that is ready to make a statement in a league where being in the top half is good enough to get an invite to the national tournament.

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