As Mike Young and Virginia Tech basketball look to fill the remaining available scholarships, the Hokies are pursuing a pair of grad transfers who were also teammates this past season at Idaho State in center Kelvin Jones and forward Alonzo Walker.
Kelvin Jones is reportedly set to take a visit to Virginia Tech this weekend followed by a trip to Oregon State according to Stadium’s Jeff Goodman.
— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanHoops) May 28, 2019
Jones also has a strong contingent of Power 5 programs from across the country interested in him as one of the top grad transfer big men still on the market.
Jones was quite productive in limited minutes averaging 9.9 points, 5.6 rebounds, and 1.5 blocks in only 20 minutes per game last season while also shooting 55.3% from the field. His efficiency and quality rim protection are clearly appealing to many teams including the Hokies who have plenty of traction for Jones who started his career at UTEP.
Kelvin Jones isn’t the only grad transfer from Idaho State that the Hokies are showing interest in as VT is also pursuing forward Alonzo Walker. The junior from Canada started his career at Kent State and averaged 6.9 points and 4.6 rebounds in only 19.1 minutes per game while shooting 51.9% from the field last season.
Walker has received a fair share of interest in his own right including from the Hokies, USC, Southern Illinois, FIU, Grand Canyon, Pacific, UNC Wilmington, Portland State, and Cal Baptist. Walker has also taken an official visit to Grand Canyon and is looking at taking one or two more visits before making a decision.
One of the interesting things with Jones and Walker is that both have been teammates for the past two seasons after both spent a year together at Odessa College before transferring to Idaho State for a season. Both players also should have plenty of chemistry playing together and though they aren’t a package deal, there’s no doubt that the Hokies could have a slight inside track being able to give Jones and Walker the opportunity to play together for a third straight year at a third different school.
As Mike Young and Virginia Tech basketball continue to add pieces for next season, Idaho State’s Kelvin Jones and Alonzo Walker appear to be two of the top targets to add depth and talent to a frontcourt that lacked depth last season and may not have Kerry Blackshear back next season.