Keve Aluma Returns to Virginia Tech, Withdraws from the 2021 NBA Draft

Keve Aluma Returns to Virginia Tech, Withdraws from the 2021 NBA Draft
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Tim Thomas

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Jun 24, 2021

After declaring for the 2021 NBA Draft and going through the pre-draft process, Keve Aluma announced this evening that he is withdrawing from the draft and returning to Virginia Tech.

Aluma returns with two years of eligibility remaining after the free year this past season. He is expected to once again lead the way for the Hokies on a roster that will pair him up with Justyn Mutts once again in the frontcourt and reunites him with former Wofford teammate Storm Murphy who transferred to Virginia Tech this offseason.

There's no doubt that Aluma will be one of the best big men in the country after averaging 15.2 points, 7.9 rebounds, 2.2 assists, and 1.3 blocks in 30.6 minutes per game on his way to earning All-ACC Second Team honors. Aluma has proven himself as a dominant center who has some great range as well on both ends of the floor including offensively shooting 35.1% from three-point range.

Looking ahead to this upcoming season, something that Mike Young has mentioned is using Aluma more as a power forward at times with Lynn Kidd and John Ojiako likely working at center in those situations. Aluma's versatility will likely be a focal point of his development this upcoming year both for his on-court production and his development as an NBA big man prospect.

We will have more as this story develops.