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Mike Young made it clear after Virginia Tech lost in the first round of the NCAA Tournament to Florida that his first priority this offseason would be to add a big man to an already talented frontcourt.
Tech has lived up to that so far reaching out to plenty of top big men in the transfer portal including Furman transfer Noah Gurley (2 years of eligibility remaining).
Gurley told us that the Hokies are among a long list of schools to have reached out to him with Tech, like "most" schools who have reached out to him, having extended him a scholarship offer.
Gurley did say around mid week that he has had virtual meetings with Xavier, Auburn, Florida, and Vanderbilt while he is working to add in virtual meetings with Virginia Tech, Alabama, Texas A&M, and more.
Here's a look at our most current list of schools that have shown interest in him, "most" of whom have offered him according to Gurley and Stockrisers' Jake Weingarten. This list may have grown since earlier this week.
- ACC: Virginia Tech, Duke, Miami, Virginia, Wake Forest
- AAC: Tulsa
- Big East: Marquette, St John's, Xavier
- Big 10: Illinois, Maryland
- Big 12: TCU
- Conference USA: Marshall, Western Kentucky
- Mountain West: Nevada, San Diego State
- SEC: Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Florida, Georgia, Missouri, Tennessee, Texas A&M, Vanderbilt
Gurley has heard from both head coach Mike Young and top assistant Chester Frazier with those conversations being "good" so far. He had this say about his relationship with Mike Young and his staff.
"He sent one letter to me when I was in HS haha, but we competed vs each other in the SoCon for two years (I only played one). I have high respect for him and his staff," Gurley said.
Noah Gurley was quite productive at Furman averaging 15.4 points, 5.8 rebounds, 2.5 assists, and 1.1 blocks in 29.2 minutes per game this past season while shooting 48.8% from the field including 33.9% from three-point range. His strong season earned him All-SoCon Second Team honors.
He would definitely be an intriguing fit with the Hokies as though he isn't a 5 per say, he would be a quality 4 who would give Tech a top 3 big man rotation of Keve Aluma (primarily at the 5), Justyn Mutts, and Gurley. He also brings some rim protection at the 4 that would be a solid plus and could allow him to slide to the 5 at times.
Looking ahead, Gurley told us that he is looking to make a decision in late April and said that these things would be the key factors in making his decision.
- School size
- Offense/Defense Tactics
- Their vision for me
- Pro development
For now, Virginia Tech is right in the hunt for Noah Gurley with Gurley's respect for Mike Young from their overlapping time in the Southern Conference giving the Hokies a nice boost. However, their virtual meeting with Gurley likely will be as pivotal of a moment as any for Tech in their recruitment of the Furman standout.