Another Roster Setback For Virginia Tech

Posted: May 10, 2012 in Men's Basketball, Recruiting

When it rains it pours, right?

Well, it would certainly appear that way for the Virginia Tech men’s basketball team lately.  Yesterday we got news that Dorian Finney-Smith was requesting a transfer from the team.  Today, we get more concerning news with the roster as another player leaves – this time before they even stepped on the court.

Montrezl Harrell will no longer be a Hokie as another player leaves Virginia Tech’s program.

Montrezl Harrell, a 4-star recruit according to his Rivals profile, announced today that he is seeking to be released from his letter of intent to Virginia Tech.

Harrell’s departure marks the second Hokies player to leave the Virginia Tech “family” following the firing of Seth Greenberg.

New head coach James Johnson doesn’t seem too concerned though.

“We’re losing six points a game in Dorian Finney-Smith. Montrezl Harrell never scored a basket, never got a rebound for Virginia Tech.”

–James Johnson, Virginia Tech men’s basketball head coach

Yowza – Personally, I can’t tell if Johnson is being genuine, passive-aggressive towards Finney-Smith and Harrell, or both.

Regardless, Finney-Smith and now Harrell leaving Virginia Tech does raise some concerns for the depth chart.  The power forward position now lacks some depth and Tech now only has one player to round out this recruiting class in Marshall Wood.

Hopefully the new trio of assistants for Virginia Tech can get to work on recruiting some players and can make some progress in the spring.  Until then, the question marks surrounding the program keep popping up.


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