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Hokies basketball season to open with seven new faces

Buzz, players meet with Hokie Club in Roanoke

ROANOKE, Va. –  The Hokies are counting down to another season under Buzz Williams. The highly-successful coach starts his fourth season in Blacksburg this fall.
   Last year's NCAA tournament bid was a big step for a program that's steadily on the rise since the coach got to town.
    WSLS-10 Sports' Alyssa Rae caught up with the coach at the  Hokie Club tip-off event in Roanoke.
He addressed the seven new faces who will be eligible to play on this year's roster.

   "That's a lot of guys to put together, but you know, that's part of the newness of it and the freshness of it and part of the excitement of it.  "Those seven guys are gonna have to do more than they've ever done before, but maybe that's the next step for each of those people," Williams said.

   The Hokies are coming off a 22-11 season that included a victory in the ACC tournament..and a ten-point loss to Wisconsin in the NCAA tournament. The trip was the first for the program since the 2007 tournament.

  The Hokies 2017-2018 roster is currently as follows:

 1 Tyrie Jackson So. G 6' 1" 205 Tifton, Ga. Tift County

 3 Wabissa Bede Fr. G 6' 1" 195 North Andover, Mass. Cushing Academy

 4 Nickeil Alexander-Walker Fr. G 6' 5" 210 Toronto, Canada. Hamilton Heights Christian Academy

 5 Justin Robinson Jr. G 6' 2" 190 Manassas, Va. St. James School (Md.)

10 Justin Bibbs Sr. G 6' 5" 220 Dayton, Ohio. Montverde Academy (Fla.)

11 Devin Wilson r-Sr. G 6' 4" 195 McKees Rocks, Pa. Montour

13 Ahmed Hill r-Jr. G 6' 5" 205 Augusta, Ga. Aquinas

14 P.J. Horne Fr. F 6' 5" 215 Tifton, Ga. Tift County

15 Chris Clarke Jr. G/F 6' 6" 210 Virginia Beach, Va. Cape Henry Collegiate School

21 Nick Fullard Sr. F 6' 10" 235 LaPlata, Md. St. Mary's Ryken/Belmont Abbey

22 Justin Ammerman Jr. G 6' 3" 185 West Chester, Pa. Bayard Rustin

24 Kerry Blackshear Jr. Jr. F 6' 10" 260 Orlando, Fla. Maynard Evans

42 Ty Outlaw r-Sr. G/F 6' 6" 220 Roxboro, N.C. Person County/Lee College