Virginia Tech received some surprising news today as All-ACC Freshman and leading scorer Landers Nolley entered the transfer portal as first reported by Stadium's Jeff Goodman.
BREAKING: Virginia Tech leading scorer Landers Nolley II will transfer, source told @Stadium. The 6-foot-7 sophomore averaged 15.5 points and 5.8 boards per game last season.— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanHoops) March 16, 2020
Source told me he wants to find a spot where he can play on the wing.
Nolley led the Hokies in averaging 15.5 points per game while also averaging 5.8 rebounds and 2.4 assists in 30.2 minutes per game, starting 29 of 32 games. Nolley shot 37% from the field including 31.6% from three-point range and 78% at the free-throw line.
Jeff Goodman added that a source told him that Nolley is looking for a place where he'd be primarily used on the wing. This comes after Tech's lack of size forced them to use Nolley a lot at the four.
Nolley's departure does open up a scholarship with Tech likely to look to add more size.
Among the top targets to watch are David N'Guessan from the high school ranks and DeAndre Pinckney from the JUCO ranks. Tech is also showing interest in multiple transfer targets including Wichita State guard Jamarius Burton according to Rivals' Corey Evans.
His departure will likely lead to larger roles for some of Tech's longer wings next season including Nahiem Alleyne. Additionally, Keve Aluma now being eligible after his transfer from Wofford opens the door for P.J. Horne to be used more at the 4 along with Isaiah Wilkins, one spot where Tech used Nolley a lot this season due to Tech's size issues.
We will have more as this story develops.