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In ACC play, Victor Davila not a threat for Hokies

Virginia Tech has been buoyed by the emergence of guard Dorenzo Hudson as a legitimate scorer and swingman Terrell Bell as a role player who does the dirty work.

But forward Victor Davila has not emerged as a threat for the Hokies. Davila is averaging 3.9 points and 4.5 rebounds per game in Virginia Tech's 10 Atlantic Coast Conference games this season.

The Hokies' players are not available to the news media before Virginia Tech (20-4, 7-3) takes on Wake Forest (18-5, 8-3) on Tuesday night.

Entering this season, Davila seemed poised to be a third scoring option behind guard Malcolm Delaney and forward Jeff Allen. At 6 feet 8 and 245 pounds, Davila has long, physical body, and he practiced this summer against 7-4 center Peter John Ramos of his native Puerto Rican national team.

But while Davila looked good in some of the Hokies' nonconference games, he has not been much of a factor in ACC play.

Davila, a sophomore, has not seemed to find his scoring touch and has not shown some defensive toughness in the paint.

Davila has a nice, soft hook shot, but has yet to score in double figures in a conference game. He has had a few particularly difficult shooting nights, too, going 1 for 6 in both a loss at Florida State on Jan. 16 and a win at North Carolina State on Feb. 10. Other nights, he has simply not seemed involved in the Hokies' post offense.

Allen and J.T. Thompson have both recently been Virginia Tech's most consistent and dangerous forwards. But so far, Davila has not separated himself since the Hokies entered conference play in January.

By Mark Viera  |  February 15, 2010; 1:59 PM ET
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