Kirby transferring, scholarship count, and ACC schedule set

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Maurice Kirby has decided to transfer to Coffeyville Community College in Kansas.  Kirby confirmed this rumor to Mark Berman of the Roanoke Times on Monday night.

“Buzz and his staff, they’ve been great to me,” Kirby told Berman. “[But] the basketball aspect, I didn’t know what was going to happen. … Anytime you get a new coach that didn’t recruit you, you really just don’t know what to expect. That was the big thing.”

Kirby redshirted for James Johnson during the 2013-14 season, and he was expected to provide depth in the post for the Hokies this coming year.  However, incoming true freshman center Satchel Pierce was likely going to win most of the minutes behind starting center Joey van Zegeren.

Scholarship Situation

Here is a list of Virginia Tech’s scholarship players…

G Will Johnston, Sr.
F C.J. Barksdale, Sr.
C Joey van Zegeren, r-Jr.
G Adam Smith, r-Jr.
F Marshall Wood, Jr.
G Devin Wilson, So.
G Ben Emelogu, So.
G Malik Mueller, r-Fr.
G/F Ahmed Hill, Fr.
G/F Justin Bibbs, Fr.
G Jalen Hudson, Fr.
C Satchel Pierce, Fr.

That’s 12 scholarship players, which means that the Hokies currently have one scholarship available for this class.  However, that number will go up if former walk-on Will Johnston’s scholarship is not renewed or there is more attrition in this class.

Post depth is a problem right now.  At power forward, the Hokies have just C.J. Barksdale (Sr.), Marshall Wood (Jr.) and walk-on Christian Beyer.  Buzz Williams is trying hard to add a power forward to this class, and former Marquette commit Malek Harris will visit Blacksburg on April 28.  Harris is rated the #77 recruit in the country by Rivals and #106 by 247Sports.  Tech is also in the final two for JUCO power forward Shane Henry.

We also hear that Williams will also bring in a point guard recruit or transfer if he can find a guy he likes this late in the recruiting process, so that would indicate that he will either not renew Will Johnston’s scholarship or he is expecting more attrition.

ACC Schedule Set

Although we don’t know any dates or times, we do know which ACC opponents the Hokies will be playing for the next two years, and we know where they’ll be playing them.

First, here’s the schedule for the upcoming season…

Home: UVA, Miami, FSU, Syracuse, Georgia Tech, Duke, Pitt, Boston College and Notre Dame
Away: UVA, Miami, FSU, Syracuse, Clemson, UNC, Wake Forest, NC State and Louisville

Now, here is how it looks for 2015-16…

Home: UVA, Miami, Wake Forest, Pitt, FSU, Clemson, UNC, NC State and Louisville
Away: UVA, Miami, Wake Forest, Pitt, Georgia Tech, Duke, Boston College, Syracuse and Notre Dame

The Hokies will play home-and-home contests with both UVA and Miami for the next two years.  They will play home-and-home matchups against Syracuse and FSU in 2014-15, and against Wake Forest and Pitt in 2015-16.

For a complete PDF look at the schedules for all ACC teams, click here.

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