May 18, 2009

Transfer PF Chaney goes in-depth about the Hokies

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Virginia Tech picked up a transfer last week from former Florida Gator power forward Allan Chaney. Hokiehaven.com talked to the 6-foot-8, 220-pounder to find out more on his decision to head to the Hokies over numerous other options.

"I told the coaches on last Sunday at Virginia Tech I was coming, the day after I visited there," he said. "They were excited. I think it's a great opportunity for me."

Chaney has no ill will towards the Gator program, but is excited to move on.

"It was time for me to move on," he said. "Florida is a good place and for me it didn't work out."

Of course, Chaney will have to sit the mandatory NCAA required one year before making an impact for the Hokies.

"I do have to sit for a year and then I can play three years," he said. "I talked to the coaches and they want me as a basketball player to play inside and out within the offense and play to my strengths. They are going to use me like Jeff Allen and I think I play like that too."

In the end, the Hokies were selected over a number of other teams including Temple, St. Joe's and Providence for the former Rivals150 star.

"Virginia Tech is closer to home, my mom liked it and Coach Greenberg was really cool," he said. "My mom liked him and she liked the assistant coaches too.

"She felt comfortable and I felt the same way. The campus was really nice there and then my friend Malcolm Delaney is there. I've been in touch with him since he's been playing for Tech. For me, it's just a good spot."

Chaney went on about his relationship with Delaney.

"I talk to Malcolm every day. He's excited too. We went to middle school together," he said. "I was in seventh grade and he was in eighth. We played against each other, but never together. Hopefully we'll get that chance at Tech."

What about Greenberg? What stood out about him?

"He's funny," he said. "He's a really funny guy and trustworthy. He will not lie to you. He'll tell you how it is and hopefully when I get there our relationship gets even better. We've got a good thing going."

Chaney plans to enroll in the second summer session at Tech on July 6th.

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