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The Virginia Tech Women's Basketball program has had a busy offseason involving the transfer portal as the Hokies saw two-year starter Dara Mabrey enter the portal while landing three-time All-SoCon Second Team PG Da'Ja Green from it recently. Now, the Hokies are losing a second player who has decided to transfer in Trinity Baptiste.
Thank you Hokie Nation for everything. I gave everything I had to this program my last two years here. Everything I do and the game that I play is for God. I will allow God to guide me in the next chapter of my life. I am looking to be closer to home for family reasons. Thank you— Trinity Baptiste (@_strength813) April 7, 2020
Baptiste proved to be a dynamic player off the bench for the Hokies this past season averaging 9.5 points and 6.4 rebounds per game on her way to earning the ACC Sixth Player of the Year award. Those numbers were slight declines from averaging 10.4 points and 7.6 rebounds per game during her 2018-19 season after transferring in from Northwest Florida State College, with that being due to a minute reduction given the talent infusion for VT with the frontcourt additions of Elizabeth Kitley and Lydia Rivers.
Baptiste should be a grad transfer with one year of eligibility and will certainly be a popular target for many programs. Given her indication that she would like to play closer to home, schools in her home state of Florida like the University of Florida, UCF, and USF could be all programs to watch along with eastern SEC programs.
Losing Baptiste is another tough loss for a Virginia Tech team coming off its best season in over a decade, but the Hokies have a pair of stars in Aisha Sheppard and Elizabeth Kitley, and a strong supporting cast around them. The addition of Da'Ja Green gives them a quality point guard to run the show while Tech will also have USC transfer Asiah Jones eligible which should help the frontcourt in light of Baptiste's departure.
Given Baptisite's departure, expect Virginia Tech to dive into the transfer portal to fill Baptiste's scholarship with a grad transfer being likely to preserve the current size of the recruiting class for the 2021 cycle for Kenny Brooks.