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April 12, 2010

Delaney declares for NBA Draft

By: Jimmy Robertson

Delaney declares for NBA Draft

Just days after the Hokies’ season ended, Tech guard Malcolm Delaney announced his declaration for the 2010 NBA Draft. The junior from Baltimore will not hire an agent and will be eligible to return to the Hokies’ program provided he makes his decision by May 8.

“I decided to put my name into the NBA Draft to explore all of my options in order to better achieve my goal of getting to the next level,” Delaney said in a statement. “It has always been my dream to play in the NBA and I believe this will give me the opportunity to learn more about the process. I will be able to get feedback from various people, including NBA scouts and NBA general managers and get my name out there.”

Delaney was named to The Associated Press’ All-America team as an honorable mention selection and a fourth-team selection to the Sporting News All-America squad after leading the ACC in scoring this season at 20.2 points per game and finishing sixth in assists at 4.5 per game.

The Hokies would return all five starters for next season if Delaney returns.

“We respect and will support Malcolm as he attempts to get feedback from the NBA,” head coach Seth Greenberg said in a statement. “His dream has always been to play at the next level and this experience will give him a better understanding of where he stands in relation to fulfilling that dream.”

Ten earn Super Iron honors in testing

The Virginia Tech football team underwent strength and conditioning testing before spring break in early March and 66 received recognition for their work, including 10 players who earned Super Iron Hokie honors – the highest honor in the strength and conditioning program.

The list of players who earned Super Iron honors included Tyrod Taylor, Marcus Davis, Jake Johnson, Davon Morgan, Barquell Rivers, Josh Oglesby, Josh Call, Kenny Younger, Joey Phillips and Mark Carter.

Eight players set records for their respective positions. Taylor’s 405-pound front squat is a new mark for a quarterback, and both Kenny Younger and Danny Coale set front squat records for their positions (500 and 430 pounds, respectively). Davis set the vertical jump mark for a receiver (39 inches), while Jarrett Boykin set the power clean mark for a receiver (351).

Barquell Rivers set the linebacker record in the push jerk (380), while David Wilson and Logan Thomas set position records in the power clean. Wilson lifted 331 pounds, and Thomas lifted 315.

Here is a look at the top five in each category tested:


Bench press

Vinston Painter (445)

Andrew Hutchins (440)

Kenny Younger (430)

John Graves (425)

Blake DeChristopher (420)

Back squat

Jake Johnson (605)

Telvion Clark (565)

Vinston Painter (535)

David Wang (530)

Antoine Hopkins (530)

Front squat

Kenny Younger (500)

Josh Call (450)

David Wilson (435)

Danny Coale (430)

D.J. Coles (410)

Push jerk

Barquell Rivers (380)

Kenny Younger (373)

Vinston Painter (361)

Beau Warren (356)

Greg Nosal (351)

Power clean

Jake Johnson (360)

Kwamaine Battle (360)

Jarrett Boykin (351)

Greg Nosal (351)

Andrew Hutchings (346)

40-yard dash

David Wilson (4.29)

Rashad Carmichael (4.29)

Tony Gregory (4.30)

Dyrell Roberts (4.35)

Patrick Terry (4.35)

Vertical jump

Marcus Davis (43)

Ryan Williams (39.5)

Jarrett Boykin (39)

David Wilson (38.5)

Alonzo Tweedy (38.5)

NFL shuttle run

Jacob Sykes (3.91)

David Wilson (3.93)

Rashad Carmichael (3.93)

Alonzo Tweedy (3.96)

Tony Gregory (3.98)

10-yard sprint

Nubian Peak (1.55)

Rashad Carmichael (1.60)

Dyrell Roberts (1.62)

Jayron Hosley (1.63)

Brandon Keith (1.63)

(Also, Barquell Rivers had a 530-pound back squat; Steven Friday had a 410-pound bench press; Jaymes Brooks had a 351-pound push jerk; and Patrick Terry had a 38.5-inch vertical jump.)

All-Academic teams announced

The Atlantic Coast Conference named several of its All-Academic teams, and five players received recognition for the Hokies.

To be eligible for consideration, a player must have earned a 3.00 grade-point average for the previous semester and maintained a 3.00 cumulative average during his or her academic career.

Here is a list of Tech’s honorees:

Cross country

Paul LaPenna, Sr. (Human Nutrition, Foods and Exercise)

Devin Cornwall, Sr. (Marketing)

Men’s basketball

Ben Boggs, Fr. (Human Nutrition, Foods and Exercise)

Women’s basketball

Lindsay Biggs, Sr. (Sociology)

Alyssa Fenyn, Fr. (University Studies)