NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 25: Dorian Finney-Smith #15 of the Virginia Tech Hokies drives the ball against Jean-Paul Olukemi #0 of the Oklahoma State Cowboys at the 2011 Dick's Sporting Goods NIT Season Tip-Off at Madison Square Garden on November 25, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)
The 6-foot-8 freshman will not be permitted by Virginia Tech to transfer to another ACC school "in direct competition" with the Hokies.
More than 400 college basketball players players across the country are seeking a transfer. Add another player to that growing list. Virginia Tech forward Dorian Finney-Smith plans to transfer after just one season with the program, school officials told the Daily Press on Tuesday.
Ranked No. 31 in the class of 2011 by Yahoo! Sports' Rivals.com, the 6-foot-8 Finney-Smith, who played high school basketball at nearby Norcom High in Portsmouth, Va., was arguably the highest-rated recruit in Hokies' history. During his freshman season, he started 30 games, averaging 6.3 points and 7.0 rebounds, while being named to the ACC All-Freshman team.
He reportedly requested his release over the weekend after meeting with new head coach James Johnson, who is taking over for the fired Seth Greenberg, and associate athletic director Tom Gabbard, who is in charge of basketball.
"J.J.'s position is going to be if you don't want to be at Virginia Tech and you're unhappy here, we don't want you here," Tom Gabbard told the Daily Press. "We're trying to build something. You only go through this (playing college basketball) once, and you need to be happy."
Finney-Smith will be granted his release but will not be permitted to transfer to another ACC school, for it would be "in direct competition" with the Hokies.
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