Virginia Tech Adds Graduate Transfer Cordell Pemsl

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Cordell Pemsl
Cordell Pemsl will help the Hokies in the paint next season. (Iowa athletics)

Virginia Tech basketball picked up a graduate transfer commitment from Iowa power forward Cordell Pemsl on Sunday evening.  The 6-9, 248-pounder will provide the Hokies with another big man and bolster the team’s frontcourt.

Pemsl averaged 5.9 points, 4.3 rebounds and 1.2 assists in 96 career games for the Hawkeyes.  During the course of his career he had knee and groin surgeries, which impacted his 2019-20 season with Iowa.  However, he ended the season strong once the calendar turned to February, and between February 20 and February 29 he averaged six points and 7.3 rebounds over a three-game stretch.

Pemsl’s most productive season was his freshman season when he averaged 8.9 points and 5.0 rebounds while starting 14 of 34 games for the Hawkeyes.

With Pemsl on board, Virginia Tech’s scholarship situation looks like this…

Cartier Diarra (r-Sr.)
Cordell Pemsl (r-Sr.)
Wabissa Bede (Sr.)
PJ Horne (Sr.)
Keve Aluma (r-Jr.)
Jonathan Kabongo (r-So.)
Tyrece Radford (r-So.)
Hunter Cattoor (So.)
Jalen Cone (So.)
Nahiem Alleyne (So.)
John Ojiako (So.)
Joe Bamisile (Fr.)
Darius Maddox (Fr.)
David N’Guessan (Fr.)

That’s 14 players, and the scholarship limit is 13, which means there will have to be more attrition between now and the start of next season.

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  1. This is a legit player. I’ve watched him play against Purdue several times and he always seemed to bring it. Nice pick up!

  2. Being that my wife is from IOWA and her brother is the equipment manager for the HAWKEYE football team, I have watched a lot of IOWA basketball this year. This guy is for real and he will show it to you. He has a mean streak in him and he goes all out on the floor. No, we are not going to get the one and done’s, so be happy with what MY is getting us. Remember Rome was not built in a day and neither will this basketball team. From this past year, I would say that Kabongo may be gone because he did not plan and he had a health issue, which was not disclosed or if we know he will be permitted to play. As far as Bede, goes, the playing time this year will go down. We need a point guard whether it is a freshman or an upperclassman.

  3. Alleyne, Bede or Kabongo are the odd man out is my guess. Horne is our only small forward now that Nolley is gone. No way he is leaving. Honestly, Bede would be my choice. With Diarra on the team I don’t see much playing time for Bede at point.

  4. Hey, I am not sure he is overweight. It looks like he might be wearing protective wrapping on his ribs. Any injuries in the that area in the past? What do ya think?

  5. I’ll trust Coach on just about all at this point as he’s proven he knows what he wants to do and I think he’ll get it done, or darn close

    1. If he can get 8 points and 6 rebounds and be a positive locker room presence, then he’s worth it. Aluma and still-developing Ojiako need experienced help down low.

  6. I really don’t understand this one. Who on the team has less talent? Is he a preferred walk on?

    1. We need front court depth, he has Big 10 experience, and only ties up a scholarship for 1 season, giving us an available scholarship for the 21-22 season. It’s a solid pick up.

  7. If Wilkins didn’t fit Young’s plans (meaning he wasn’t going to play much), does Horne? A 3-point shooting, non-rebounding, non-defense, no inside scoring player?

    1. I don’t believe we can say absolutely what you stated about Horne. Remember he has played out of position for 3 years so he has been guarding a much taller and often heavier player. This year we can move him out to a forward position where he won’t have as many physical mismatches.

      As to the non-rebounding comment it appeared to me this past season our players were coached to not hit the offensive boards but instead to get back down court to play defense before the opponents could get the ball into scoring position. With more size maybe we will be allowed to crash the offensive boards more aggressively. That may change our opinions.

      If that doesn’t happen PJ should be a positive influence in the locker room and be ready for whatever minutes he is needed to play.

  8. I think it’s ironic that we decry “one and done” freshmen but embrace grad transfers with only one year of eligibility.

    1. One and done freshmen are unproven commodities in the game. One and done grad transfers have experience and can provide immediate experiential depth in positions of need, while stop-gapping between recruiting classes.

      1. and allow the young player to develop physically while learning the game … we don’t get one-and-done players. This allows us to be competitive while waiting for the kids to develop …. unlike the football team two years ago that had to throw the freshmen into the fire before they were ready

      2. I think Hokierob’s point remains valid. graduate transfers don’t automatically provide much unless they have a history. A 1-on-1 and done freshman is LIKELY someone who will start, who is more than “unproven” or at least is assume they will be great enough to really contribute. A grad transfer may be a role player with limited minutes

        1. That may be but how did that work out with Nolley this year? He started strong but faded in ACC play toward the end of the year. Even if a transfer only provides limited minutes, they could have been used to give Horne much needed breaks so perhaps he could have been more effective.

    2. The grad transfers often bring other talents to the team. For this player we gain maturity, which can help in the locker room. We gain size which not only gives us a better match up against the UNCs and UVAs of the ACC but 5 more fouls if needed. Finally it enables the coach to better prepare our team via practice. Practicing against a back line of 6’9″ guys is far different that against 6’5″ and shorter.

      For a new coach, like MY, it helps balance out the roster between classes. We will have 6 rising sophmores, one junior and 3 freshmen. Balance is good for the long haul. Now we will have 3 seniors as well.

    1. was Charles Barkley fat, was Shaq fat? Fat guys take up space under the basket that allows them to get rebounds.

    2. it’s not a physique contest. it’s basketball. if can help us win basketball games, why does it matter if he looks “fat”?

    3. Probably a better way to say it but it did get me to look closer at his picture and yeah for a young man there could be a few pounds to give that would help with his injuries and quickness. The injuries probably did Not help with the weight and generally replacing fat with muscle is preferred …. in other words he looks like he could lose a few in that picture.

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