Freshman forward Dorian Finney-Smith will seek a transfer from Virginia Tech, according to media reports. The story was first broken by David Teel of the Newport News Daily Press.
Finney-Smith averaged 6.3 points and 7 rebounds per game while starting 30 games for Virginia Tech as a freshman. He made the ACC’s All-Freshman team, and was virtually assured of being a four-year starter in the ACC.
Teel’s sources indicated that the transfer has nothing to do with Seth Greenberg’s firing or James Johnson’s hiring.
“This has been brewing for months,” Teel’s source said, and he went on to say that Finney-Smith was never comfortable at Tech. He began considering a transfer back in January.
According to Mark Berman of the Roanoke Times, James Johnson met with Finney-Smith and his mother over the weekend. Johnson’s comments confirm what Teel’s source indicated.
“He said that this was brewing for months. He didn’t really go into a whole lot of detail,” Johnson told Berman. “He just said it had nothing to do with the [coaching] change, this was going on for months. He just wanted to wait until he was done with exams and just finish school out strong. He didn’t want the distraction on his mind.”
Sources told TechSideline.com in early-to-mid March, before Seth Greenberg was fired, that Finney-Smith was considering a transfer. Two months passed since we first heard that rumor, so we assumed that he had decided against it. Unfortunately, he did not.
With Finney-Smith gone, Tech’s lineup looks very thin next season. Here is how the starting lineup projects…
PG – Erick Green
SG – Robert Brown
SF – Jarell Eddie
PF – C.J. Barksdale
C – Cadarian Raines
The bench looks very thin, with point guard Marquis Rankin (So.), European post Joey van Zegeren (r-Fr.) and incoming wing/post Marshall Wood (Fr.). Power forward Montrezl Harrell, Tech’s highest-rated recruit of the 2012 class, is still undecided on whether or not he will request a release from his letter of intent.