A day after her long-time teammate Liz Kitley announced that she would be returning for a fifth season, Hokies' sharpshooting guard Cayla King announced that she will also be using her COVID year to return to Virginia Tech.
King returns to Virginia Tech after averaging 8.3 points, 3.3 rebounds, and 1.4 assists per game with career highs in rebounds, blocks, and steals this past season while shooting 37% from the field including 37.6% from three-point range plus 77.4% from the free-throw line.
Her return is another big one for the Hokies giving them a strong leading trio of Kitley, Georgia Amoore, and King that is absolutely a national title contending caliber core for the Hokies. Of course, Tech does have some starting roles and rotation pieces to fill around those three and talented redshirt freshman Carleigh Wenzel to avoid having to lean heavily on their 4 incoming top 100 recruits to take on significant roles early in their careers.
However, having King back is another valuable piece on both ends of the floor as she provides great spacing as one of the ACC's best three-point shooters. She's also a quality defensive player on the wing who should only get better with another year to grow along with the additional experience she has to lean on.
With King back along with Taylor Geiman announcing her intentions to move on and three backup guards including Ashley Owusu entering the transfer portal, Kenny Brooks officially has 7 open scholarships to build out the 2023-24 VT roster. Expect Tech to be busy in the transfer portal though having a core of Kitley, Amoore, King, and Wenzel should be appealing to many of the best transfers in America who want to win a national title.