Believe it or not, 2024 is here. 2023 was an up-and-down year for Virginia Tech athletics, but there are signs that he could be one of the better years for the Hokies in 2024. With that said, here are some predictions for the Virginia Tech Athletics over the next 12 months.
Head coach Mike Young and his team still have 18 games remaining in the ACC, but finding enough wins to qualify for the NCAA Tournament will be difficult. They are a team that relies on 3-point shooting, and despite the rise of Lynn Kidd, they struggle to rebound the ball and guard an athletic team. An NIT bid could be on his way again in March.
Last March was an unforgettable day for Virginia Tech women’s basketball, as Kenny Brooks and his team won the ACC Tournament Championship, won the Seattle Regional, and advanced to the Final Four in Dallas. , lost to LSU in the semifinals. This season, they return Elizabeth Kitley, Georgia Amoore, and Kayla King with a good supporting cast, but will need consistent depth off the bench. Another prediction for the Hokies is that Kitley will win the ACC Player of the Year award again.
Last season, the Hokies made it to the NCAA Tournament, but lost in the Athens division on opening weekend. They centered around a win over Boston College, with a loss to Georgia State sandwiched in between. The Hokies will get another chance this season when they open the season against the Bulldogs in late February.
Some people may think this is crazy, but if you’re paying attention, it’s not. I’m not saying he’s going to win an award or he’s going to New York, but he’s going to be in the news. After a full offseason, all receivers return, along with running back Beishul Tuten and dueling threat Draughns, who should be in the Heisman Trophy conversation in 2024.
The excitement for the Hokies is real, and with returning players, transfer additions, and some promising new additions who could make an impact, 10 wins isn’t out of the question. Their non-conference schedule is certainly manageable, and if they can win five games in the ACC this season, there’s no reason they can’t improve next fall.
At the end of training camp, coach Brent Pry announced that tight end Nick Gallo would end his season with an injury. It was a huge blow to the Hokies’ position. With Wright DeQuan entering the transfer portal and this recruiting class lacking a tight end, Gallo, who returns on a medical redshirt, is a very good option.
Last season, the Hokies won 30 games but lost in the ACC Tournament, missing out on the NCAA Tournament. They have some returning veterans and a good roster of talent that should add to their conference roster this season.
After finishing the season 7-6 and returning most of their players along with key transfers and a great recruiting class, the hype around Virginia Tech is real and will be a team ranked in the top 20 when the season begins. It should be.
As the calendar turns to 2024, the Virginia Tech athletics department has a lot to look forward to in the new year. Happy New Year to all our great Hokies fans. We wish him a happy 2024!