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Virginia Tech’s Khadim Sy leaves program

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Virginia Tech lost a piece to its frontline on Thursday, as the program announced that sophomore forward Khadim Sy had left the program.

“We are genuinely grateful for the fifteen months Khadim was part of our program, and all he contributed on and off the floor,” Virginia Tech head coach Buzz Williams said in a statement. “I will be watching the rest of his career unfold, and wish him only great things.”

Originally considered a three-star prospect by Rivals, the 6-foot-10 Sy picked the Hokies over Georgia Tech, Kansas State, Miami, and Purdue. In his lone season in Blacksburg, he started in 28 of 32 games, averaging 4.0 points and 2.7 rebounds in 11.4 minutes per game.

Sy’s departure leaves Virginia Tech’s front court in an even more precarious situation entering the 2017-18 season. Zach LeDay, the team’s top scorer and rebounder from a season ago, has graduated. Chris Clarke is coming off a torn ACL he suffered in February. Ty Outlaw suffered an ACL tear of his own less than two months ago. Kerry Blackshear Jr. returns after missing all of this past season in order to recover from a foot injury.

The only other forwards on Virginia Tech’s roster are freshman P.J. Horne and 6-foot-10 Nick Fullard, who sat out last season after transferring from a Division II program.

Since late July, Buzz Williams has lost two returning starters. The Hokies still have a strong backcourt led by the veteran trio of Ahmed Hill, Justin Robinson, and Justin Bibbs. Even with a healthy Clarke and a healthy Blackshear, depth up front is a serious concern for the Hokies

Virginia Tech opens its season on Nov. 10 against Detroit Mercy.

Three-star power forward verbally commits to Virginia Tech

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The majority of the players in Virginia Tech’s front court rotation heading into the 2014-15 season, including Joey Van Zegeren, junior college transfer Shane Donlon and USF transfer Zach LeDay, are upperclassmen. As a result adding a talented player or two in that area would certainly help head coach Buzz Williams as he looks to rebuild a program that has finished last in the ACC in each of the last three seasons.

Saturday afternoon Williams was able to do that, with 6-foot-9 three-star power forward Kerry Blackshear Jr. verbally committing to the ACC school according to multiple outlets. Blackshear’s a native of Orlando, where he averaged 12.2 points and 7.7 rebounds per game as a junior at Evans High School. Blackshear was named to the Orlando Sentinel’s all-area team following his junior season.

In Blackshear Virginia Tech adds a forward who scouts have praised for both his versatility and high motor, and his commitment is an important one for Buzz Williams’ program. Both Marshall Wood and Trevor Thompson decided to transfer at the end of last season, as did seldom-used forward Maurice Kirby, which left Virginia Tech with just one underclassman entering the upcoming season (freshman Satchel Pierce).

With that being the case it was imperative that Virginia Tech land a front court option in their 2015 class. And in Blackshear, the first commitment in Virginia Tech’s 2015 recruiting class, they were able to do just that.