Manny Atkins to Transfer

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Virginia Tech announced on Monday afternoon that rising junior small forward Manny Atkins has been released from his scholarship, and will seek a transfer to another school.

Atkins appeared in 56 games in two seasons for the Hokies, starting one. He averaged 3.8 points and 1.7 rebounds per game during his short career. He scored a career-high 16 points against Wake Forest this past season, and was often used as a spark plug off the bench who could play either forward position.

“I would like to thank Coach Greenberg and the coaching staff for all they have done for me during my time at Virginia Tech,” Atkins said. “The only reason I am transferring is to find a school where I can be more of a focal point in the offense. This is a difficult decision because I will miss my teammates. I wish them and the program nothing but success in the future.”

Virginia Tech is returning rising sophomore wing Jarell Eddie, and bring in two highly touted wings in Dorian Finney-Smith and Robert Brown.

With the departure of Atkins, the Hokies could potentially sign another player for the 2011 class (that player would enroll for this season), though at this point they will likely use the scholarship for the 2012 class.

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