Over the next couple weeks DWHoops will reveal our 2011 preseason ACC predictions in the form of three questions facing each team. We continue today with three questions about our pick for #11, the Virginia Tech Hokies
DWHoops 2011 ACC Prediction: #11
1. Can the freshmen make an impact?
This is coach Beth Dunkenberger's best
recruiting class to date, featuring three top 100 recruits. Nia Evans and
Latorri Hines-Allen are forwards who can rebound and defend. Monet Tellier is
a tough, attacking guard. She also picked up a point guard in Kyani White and
shotblocker in Brittni Montgomery. On a team with no returning double-digit
scorers, the freshmen will have every opportunity to seize playing time.
2. Who's the outside threat?
With Lindsey Biggs graduating, the only remaining
Hokie who took even a third of her three point attempts was Nikki Davis, who
converted at a 38% clip. It's time for junior guard Shanel Harrison to step up
alongside her, or else teams will be able to zone the Hokies into oblivion.
3. Is Beth Dunkenberger at a crossroads?
The Hokies finished 15-15 but only
managed to win 4 conference games. Virginia Tech always tries hard, and
there's no question that Dunkenberger gets the most out of her players. The
problem is that this simply hasn't been good enough to win in the ACC. Any
time the Hokies have had an injury to a key player, they've tended to go into
the tank; their margin for error has been that thin. How well and how quickly
these recruits develop could be the key to her future.