Happy Birthday Bimbo Coles

VERNELL EUFAYE “BIMBO” COLES | GUARD | 1986-90

Born 4/22/1968 

The nickname “Bimbo” was coined by a cousin based on a line in a country music song.

CAREER NUMBERS:

  • Points: 2,484 (1st)
  • Points Per Game: 21.6 (2nd)
  • Field Goals Made: 871 (2nd)
  • Free Throws Made: 593 (2nd)
  • Assists: 547 (1st)
  • Steals: 216 (4th)

OF NOTE:

Bimbo Coles was Virginia Tech’s first ever Olympian in any sport: 1988 – Bronze Medal
2nd Round NBA Draft Pick of the Sacramento Kings: 1990 (40th overall pick)
54th Round MLB Draft Pick of the California Angels: 1990 (1322th overall pick)
Played 14 NBA seasons for five different teams

  • Scored over 6,600 points in the NBA
  • Honorable Mention All-American: 1990
  • First Team All-Metro Conference: 1990
  • First Team All-Metro Conference: 1989
  • Metro Conference Co-Player of the Year: 1988
  • First Team All-Metro Conference: 1988
  • Led VT in scoring his last 3 seasons
  • Led VT in FTs made all 4 seasons
  • Led VT in assists all 4 seasons
  • Led VT in steals last 3 seasons
  • Produced 3 of the top 4 single season point totals
  • Produced 3 of the top 5 single season scoring averages
  • The now defunct Metro Conference’s all time leading scorer
  • Finished with the most points in the history of D1 Virginia colleges (Bryant Stith later passed him)

Bimbo Coles Virginia Tech Basketball

 

Bimbo Coles Virginia Tech CrossfitBimbo Coles is the most prolific offensive player in Virginia Tech history. Bimbo is Tech’s all time leader in points and assists, is now second in free throws made, and his 26.6 points per game his junior year is still a Tech record (he followed that up with 25.3 his senior year – totaling 785 points, still a VT record). His 21.6 ppg for his career is second best in point mark more than once, and he did it four times. Bimbo’s also one of just two Hokies to reach 50 points, along with Allan Bristow.Tech history (behind Bristow), and that includes averaging just 10 ppg his freshman year. He’s the only Hokie to reach the 40-point mark more than once, and he did it four times.  Bimbo’s also one of just two Hokies to reach 50 points, along with Allan Bristow.

Bimbo Coles’s most impressive achievement came the summer after his sophomore season. Bimbo made the US Olympic Basketball Team and averaged just over 7 ppg in 8 contests, helping the USA to a bronze medal. The US went 7-1, but a 82-76 loss to Russia cost the US a shot at the gold.

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