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Freshman Dorian Finney-Smith to transfer from Virginia Tech

May 8, 2012, 4:15 PM EDT

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According to a report from the Hampton Daily Press on Tuesday afternoon, ACC All-Freshman Team member Dorian Finney-Smith has decided to transfer from Virginia Tech.

The school fired head coach Seth Greenberg in a surprise announcement on Monday, April 23, and named assistant coach James Johnson as their new head coach shortly thereafter. Since then, the Hokies lost their top signee, Montrezel Harris, and nearly lost another recruit, Marshall Wood as well.

But now the Hokies have lost one of their best young returning players. The forward from Portsmouth, VA averaged 6.3ppg and 7.1rpg in his first season in Blacksburg. While he did go through a lengthy scoring slump, missing 25 consecutive shots, he did score ten or more points in ten games.

One of the reasons the University chose to hire Johnson, who had left the school a month earlier to take an assistant job at Clemson, was in order to keep as much of the team structure in tact. Yet less than a month has passed since the firing, and two key parts of the Hokies’ future have decided against Blacksburg.

Troy Machir is the managing editor of the college basketball website Ballin’ is a Habit. You can find him on twitter @TroyMachir.

  1. urfinished - May 9, 2012 at 9:45 AM

    You know nothing about this situation if you think it had anything to do with Coach Johnson.
    A mass exodus was likely if he wasnt hired. The players are ecstatic with the hire.
    Finney-Smith is leaving because the asst coach VT hired to essentially get him to commit hated Greenberg and resigned as soon as the season. This has been done for months. Johnson gave a glimmer of hope, but ultimately Finney-Smith wants to play for one of his former AAU coaches so he’s likely headed to ODU or Marquette.
    AAU is a nasty biz, but thats another subject.
    Just stick to getting facts straight and not making asinine assumptions on a subject you know nothing about.

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