What's the first thing you want to know about a recruit?
SG: There are two things you have to be if you want to play at Virginia Tech. Number 1, you have to love basketball. And number 2, you have to want the coaching staff to be involved with your life. You have to care about my family and me as much as I care about you.
SI: DOES YOUR TEAM'S LACK OF EXPERIENCE WORRY YOU?
SG: IT DOESN'T BOTHER ME. FOUR YEARS AGO WE HAD A SIMILAR SITUATION AND WE WON 21 GAMES, NINE IN THE ACC. WE DON'T USE [YOUTH] AS AN EXCUSE. BUT EVERY PRACTICE AND EVERY GAME IS A CHALLENGE.
How have you changed since the tragic shooting on campus four years ago?
SG: You think about all the young people that day; they were doing the right thing, going to class at 8 a.m. and then had it all taken away. You see how fragile life is.
You've had one daughter graduate from Tech and another who's a junior there. Your youngest is still in high school. Going for three straight?
SG: My oldest daughter, Paige, spent every road trip with us her senior year. And I now get to have lunch with Ella three or four times a week. My youngest, Jacqueline, she's a great volleyball player and might want to play elsewhere. So we'll see.