Rising junior power forward Marshall Wood has decided to give up basketball.
Wood, from Rustburg, VA, averaged 3.8 points and 3.6 rebounds in his two-year career at Virginia Tech. He told Mark Berman of the Roanoke Times that he was giving up basketball to focus on academics.
Wood was one of our expected transfers that we’ve been alluding to (along with Maurice Kirby) in recent TSL Pass articles, though we didn’t expect him to give up basketball completely. His departure leaves the Hokies with three open scholarships, assuming Will Johnston’s scholarship is not renewed.
Here’s a look at Tech’s returning scholarship players (assuming Johnston isn’t on scholarship)…
PF C.J. Barksdale, Sr.
C Joey van Zegeren, r-Jr.
SG Adam Smith, r-Jr.
PG Devin Wilson, So.
SG/SF Ben Emelogu, So.
PGMalik Mueller, r-Fr.
SG/SF Justin Bibbs, Fr.
SG Jalen Hudson, Fr.
SG/SF Ahmed Hill, Fr.
C Satchel Pierce, Fr.
As you can see, the Hokies will be a very young team in 2014-15, and they will lack power forward depth.