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Hokies are excited about adding Allan Chaney

The next big thing at Virginia Tech could already be walking the campus.

Forward Allan Chaney, who transferred from the University of Florida before the season, has been the target of gushing praise by teammates who say he will be a tremendous addition to the Hokies next season. Chaney, who is listed at 6 feet 9 and 235 pounds, had to sit out this season because of NCAA transfer rules.

Guard Malcolm Delaney, who was named first-team all-ACC on Monday, said Chaney was "a pro."

"He can shoot outside, he has the pull-up, he has the post game," Delaney said. "He has everything to his game that a pro 6-8, 6-9 dude has. The thing about Allan, he works hard. He doesn’t care about scoring. He told me he wants to come in and rebound and block shots and play his role and that’s why I really wanted him to come here. He’s not worried about the fame and hype. He just wants to win. And that’s why I think he’s going to go a long way."

Chaney has been a presence all season on the Hokies' bench, wearing street clothes as he attends the games. Chaney played pickup games with the team before the season, but in a practice in October he tore the larbum in his left shoulder, which was repaired with surgery in an effort to get him healthy for individual workouts in spring.

But he has already left a mark on his teammates. Junior swingman Terrell Bell called Chaney "Jeff Allen's little brother," referring to the Hokies' current starter who is one of the ACC's most talented forwards.

“Ridiculous,“ junior swingman Terrell Bell said of Chaney in early March. “He can shoot. He handles the ball. He’s really good. His matchups are different because he can handle the ball and he can move. He’s pretty good with his feet."

If Delaney, a junior, opts to return to school, Virginia Tech could return its entire starting lineup and only lose one occasional senior contributor off the bench. With the addition of Chaney, the Hokies could have one of the most talented rosters in the ACC.

Asked about the potential for next season, Bell shook his head and smiled. "It's going to be fun," he said.

By Mark Viera  |  March 9, 2010; 11:40 AM ET
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