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Virginia Tech took care of business beating #24 Clemson 66-60 tonight but they did so without Kansas State transfer Cartier Diarra. After the game, head coach Mike Young revealed that Diarra has decided to opt out of the 2020-21 college basketball season at this time due to COVID-related reasons.
#Hokies guard Cartier Diarra has opted out for the time being according to Mike Young, personal decision related to COVID reasons— The Tech Lunch Pail (@TechLunchPailD) December 16, 2020
Young did add that Diarra does not have COVID and that the decision to opt out was fully Diarra's and not anyone else's. Young also added that he is fully supportive of Diarra's decision to opt out at this time.
This was Young's full comment on Diarra's decision.
"He has opted out for the time being with regards to COVID. That doesn't mean anything more than that. He could be back tomorrow; he could be back sometime in the near future. That was his choice, and it was a choice that I supported with everything going on. That is where we are, nothing more nothing less," Diarra said.
In four games this season, Diarra averaged 7.5 points, 2.5 rebounds, and 2.3 assists in 19.8 minutes per game while shooting 43.5% from the field and 69.2% from the free-throw line.