Justyn Mutts Returning “Because I Want To, Not Because I Have To”

Justyn Mutts, Virginia Tech
Justyn Mutts is returning to Virginia Tech. (Liam Sment)

Virginia Tech men’s basketball received good news on Wednesday when Justyn Mutts announced that he is using his final year of eligibility to return to Blacksburg for the 2022-23 season.

Mutts has helped Virginia Tech make the last two NCAA Tournaments, and he and his teammates lifted the ACC Championship trophy back in March. He has averaged 9.9 points, 7.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists in his two years in Blacksburg, and he famously had a triple-double – just the second in program history – in the Hokies’ win over Syracuse in Cassell Coliseum this past season.

He tested the waters of the NBA Draft and weighed the option of playing professionally, but in the end, Mutts preferred to stay at Virginia Tech for another year.

“At the end of the day, I feel like I’m coming back because I want to, not because I have to,” Mutts told Tech Sideline on Wednesday. “Wanting to be around Virginia Tech fans, in the community. That’s an indescribable feeling right there being around those fans. And also being able to play for Coach Young for one more year would be amazing, that played a big factor as well, I’m not going to lie.”