Hokies Men's basketball team faces big hits from transfer portal

Pedulla, Collins. Poteat, and Nickel join Kidd in portal

Sean Pedulla and MJ Collins, two pieces of the Hokies starting five, have entered the transfer portal. (WSLS-TV/ACC/Virginia Tech)

Blacksburg, Va – The Hokies’ starting five is officially in jeopardy --in its entirety. Graduating seniors sharpshooter Hunter Cattoor and Northwestern transfer Robbie Beran were the ‘expected’ exiting pair.

Big man Lynn Kidd joined them, entering the transfer portal. He averaged 13.2 points and 6.5 rebounds a game and became a scoring threat inside for head coach Mike Young this season. Reserve John Camden from Downingtown, Pennsylvania joined him on Tuesday.

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Today-Wednesday --another combination blow--as leading scorer Sean Pedulla and up-and-coming guard M.J. Collins joined the fray.

Pedulla announced on twitter he’s entering the portal while “strongly considering a return to Virginia Tech” for his final year. Pedulla is a 6′ 3″ junior who averaged 16.4 ppg, 4.3 rpg and 4.6 apg for the Hokies. The Edmond, Oklahoma native was named All-ACC third team this year.

In addition, the latest portal update now includes M.J. Collins. The Hokies 6′4″ guard had a strong finish to the season, with his totals finishing at 7.4 ppg, 2.8 rpg and 2.7 apg. The sophomore out of Clover, SC started 28 games for Virginia Tech this past season.

Update: Wednesday evening, senior transfer Mylyjael Poteat entered the transfer portal as well. The Hokies 6-9 big man spent two years in Blacksburg after two years at Rice. He has one year of eligibility remaining as a graduate transfer. At last count the Hokies would have seven open scholarship positions.

On Thursday, Tyler Nickel entered the transfer portal. Nickel transferred to Virginia Tech after two seasons at North Carolina. He averaged nearly 9 points a game with the Hokies, scoring a career high 24 against Clemson in January.

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