Virginia Tech men’s basketball players Wabissa Bede and Chris Clarke will enter the transfer portal, per Mike Barber of the Richmond Times-Dispatch.
#Hokies sophomore guard Wabissa Bede will enter the NCAA transfer portal, per a source. He could return to the program when the new coach is hired.
Former Tech forward Chris Clarke has entered the portal as well, and will not have the option of returning to the Hokies' program.
— Mike Barber (@RTD_MikeBarber) April 5, 2019
Bede is a rising junior guard who started 26 games this past season. He averaged 3.8 points per game and dished out 82 assists while shooting 35.4% from three-point range.
Clarke played in 79 games in his Virginia Tech career, averaging 9.2 points and 6.5 rebounds. However, he was indefinitely suspended from the team this past October and did not play in 2018-19. He will graduate in May and be eligible to play immediately. Returning to Virginia Tech is not an option for Clarke.
However, returning to Tech is an option for Bede, and it’s not unprecedented for players to enter the transfer portal and then withdraw from it later. Tech quarterback Hendon Hooker did so earlier this offseason, and Alabama guard John Petty recently withdrew from the portal after entering it when head coach Avery Johnson was fired.