Mark Giannotto is reporting that C.J. Barksdale is the fifth Virginia Tech basketball player to leave the program since March.
Forward C.J. Barksdale has informed the Virginia Tech men's basketball program that he will not be a member of next season's team, a person with direct knowledge of the situation confirmed.
Barksdale, a rising senior from Danville, Va., becomes the fifth player to leave the program since Buzz Williams took over as the team's head coach in March. His departure means all but one member of Virginia Tech's vaunted 2011 recruiting class, considered the best in school history at the time, will have left campus before their senior year.
At this point, the Hokies have just five scholarship players back from last season (guards Devin Wilson, Adam Smith, Malik Mueller and Will Johnston and forward Joey van Zegeren), only two of whom appeared in more than 15 games and averaged more than 3.2 points per game. Forwards Trevor Thompson (Ohio State), Marshall Wood (Richmond) and Maurice Kirby (Coffeyville Community College) and guard Ben Emelogu have also moved on from the program since the 2013-14 season ended.
As a junior last season, Barksdale averaged 8.1 points, 4.2 rebounds, and 0.6 assists.
I'll mention this, as I did when the reports of Ben Emelogu leaving surfaced, in early June Buzz Williams was a guest on ESPN 950 AM's radio program "Hardly Workin'" hosted by Greg Burton and said the following in part about prioritizing and reshaping the roster in a short amount of time.
"I still think honestly, we still have another transaction or two. I don't know whether or not that you can say they'll be necessarily good or bad, but I think there's still a couple of more transactions that we've got to make as it relates to our roster and our staff over the next 60-80 days before school starts."
It's unclear if Barksdale's departure was what Buzz was referring to at the time, or why Barksdale left the program.