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Virginia Tech landed another highly-targeted grad transfer as Delaware PF Justyn Mutts committed to the Hokies today.
Justyn Mutts commits to Virginia Tech - He breaks down his decision w/ @TFrontOffice— Pat Lawless (@PatLawless_) June 15, 2020
“I can’t wait to get down there and really be a part of the culture.”
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Mutts becomes the third grad transfer to join the Hokies this offseason along with Kansas State's Cartier Diarra and Iowa's Cordell Pemsl. Mutts chose the Hokies over Mississippi State and Houston, who made his top 3, and others.
He will have two years of eligibility remaining after completing his degree in three years at High Point and Delaware.
Mutts not only fills the Hokies' open scholarship, but he also slots right into Tech's frontcourt at the power forward spot after the transfer of P.J. Horne. While Mutts isn't nearly the shooter that Horne is, he does bring plenty to the table beyond just being a taller big at 6'7'' than the 6'5'' Horne as his stats back up.
Mutts averaged 12.2 points, 8.4 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 1.3 steals, and 1.0 blocks in 31.8 minutes per game this past season for the Blue Hens. He was also efficient shooting 53.8% from the field and 73.5% from the free-throw line.
At minimum, Mutts should earn a regular spot in the Hokies' rotation and has a great chance at earning the starting role at the 4 as a natural at that position on a roster that only has one other player who, on paper, would be a natural at the 4, incoming freshman David N'Guessan. Keve Aluma and Cordell Pemsl could also be candidates to play or start at that spot, but Mutts may have the inside edge given his natural fit there.
The addition of Mutts, who has 2 years of eligibility remaining, also means that the Hokies have 3 scholarships available for the 2021 class. While that number could grow, adding Mutts also helps give the Hokies more balance and room for the 2022 class to add around 3 players with Mutts and Keve Aluma set to be juniors this upcoming season.