BLACKSBURG — After watching Devin Wilson log just fewer than 35 minutes per game as a freshman last season, it might seem people would know everything there is to know about the Virginia Tech point guard.
But his roommate, fellow Hokies guard Malik Muller, said there’s at least one fact about Wilson that hadn’t been made public.
Wilson has a sizable collection of wild, colorful pajama pants.
“They’re freaky. They’re crazy,” Muller said. “Multiple colors. He’s swaggy with it.”
For the most part, Wilson just wears them around the apartment, but Muller said Wilson isn’t averse to wearing them out to pick up fast food.
“I’ve got seven or eight wild pajamas that I love to wear to bed,” Wilson said. “I’ve walked around campus in my pajamas. I’ve come to the practice facility in pajamas. Comfort is my thing.”
Wilson said he’s also comfortable with Muller as his roommate. Muller, who came to Tech from Germany last year but had to sit out the season under NCAA eligibility requirements, is much neater than his disheveled locker might indicate.
“He’s cleaner than people think,” Wilson said. “Around here, his locker is a little messy. He’s just one of those kind of guys. But at home, he’s a little cleaner than people would imagine. He’s tidy.”
Like Wilson, Muller’s primary position is point guard.
The two fit well together as roommates, they said. And they think they can fit well together on the basketball court if new coach Buzz Williams opts to play a guard-heavy lineup, something his undersized roster may dictate this season.
“For this year, I don’t think that there’s a choice,” Williams said. “We’ve done it before and ended up being OK at it. Does that mean that ideally it’s the way you’d want to have a roster? No.”
Williams was hired in February, and five players left the program in the offseason, including centers Trevor Thompson and Maurice Kirby, and forwards C.J. Barksdale and Marshall Wood. That left the Hokies thin in the frontcourt for Williams’ first season at Tech.
“He’s wanting to play to all our strengths,” junior center Joey van Zegeren said. “I know he has his own style and it’s a pretty effective style, but it looks like he’s adjusting to us, too.”
Williams said he hasn’t made any final determination on how his team will play this season. He’s working to balance the way he wants his Tech program to play with the challenge of winning games this season with this roster.
“I think all coaches have, in a perfect world, what their roster would look like and how they would want to play on both ends of the floor,” Williams said. “We all work to get to that point. … We use this time of year to figure out who we are and what gives us the best chance.”
And that likely means playing a small, versatile lineup, heavy on guards and wings.
“I think we have the perfect situation with Buzz here because he’s a pretty guard-oriented coach,” Muller said. “I think he’s going to play four guards, one big man. I’m pretty versatile. I can play the one, two, three or four, if I play someone not as heavy as me.”
And, Muller said, that could mean he and Wilson will be on the floor together at times.
“It’s hard to say who the point is,” Williams said. “Is it Devin? I don’t know. Is it Malik? Not sure. Can they both play together? With what I have seen, yes. But I think we have several guys who can all mix and match together.”
And considering Williams likely will have his team running the floor in transition, having a set point guard might not be as important as it sounds. One characteristic of Williams’ past teams has been multiple players can bring the ball up the floor.
“I don’t think, within how we play, that you have to get a defensive rebound and throw it to the same guy every time,” Williams said. “I think when you throw it to the same guy every time, I think their team knows you’re going to throw it to the same guy every time. We definitely do not believe that just one guy can initiate offense. Not at all.”
NOTE: Williams picked up his second verbal commitment Sunday when St. James (Md.) point guard Justin Robinson, a three-star prospect, announced he had chosen Tech.