Landers Nolley To Transfer

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Jeez. I don't even know what to say. Transferring from a team on the rise that will let him do anything he wants. I don't get it.

Not to mention one that went strongly at bat with him against the NCAA over that stupid ACT issue.

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Didn't he make the All-ACC Academic team?

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He did

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"strongly at bat"....I do not believe there is a consensus on this.

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Not ideal, but we'll be okay. He sorta disappeared as ACC play developed.

Averaged 14.8 pts in ACC play, and 11.4 pts over the second half of ACC play

Now finish up them taters; I'm gonna go fondle my sweaters.

Ray Charles could have seen that one coming. He had checked out midway through the season, and I could just feel it coming on like a scratchy throat. Sad to see it but it seemed inevitable to me. We will be fine and hopefully so will he.

... and I could just feel it coming on like a scratchy throat.

Not the best imagery for these days. Gave me a bit of a chill reading it.

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Business decision and can't fault him. I think he will reach his full potential as a dedicated wing player somewhere else....a&m?

Another white bronco? The first one didn't go too far.

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I did when it canceled the Masters

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Damn.

I don't see the upside to this for him personally. Won't he have to sit out a year? He's already burned his redshirt.

No, he's transferring from VT not to VT, he gets a waiver

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He never planned to play 4 years of college hoops in any case. His plan is probably one more year somewhere and go pro. He probably could have stayed at Tech and gone pro at the end of next season. This way it will take him 2 years. But as it says below, he will probably get a waiver.

Doesn't matter if it's cake or pie as long as it's chocolate.

why would he be eligible for waiver? had he transferred in March 2019 he could claim coaching change. He can't claim that now.

That was just snark because it seems like big schools always find a way to get a waiver and Tech never does.

Doesn't matter if it's cake or pie as long as it's chocolate.

I want him to play wing as well! I think he will need to work on his handle though, he was inconsistent in getting to the rim when his shot went cold.

Whatever. It was one bad year.

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Yep. Whenever he took more than 2 or 3 dribbles into the lane I was anticipating a TO more than anything else.

Yep, he can't dribble very well.

#hottake time

This might be better for us in the long term.

We're better off when we are playing as a team, where everyone feels like they have to produce on any given possession. (Disclaimer: I'm going to ignore pretty much everything that happened after the first UNC game, because my gut tells me that we were just exhausted as a team and nothing we were going to try was going to work by then). Too often this year, it seemed like the team would just default to an offense that was 'iso for Nolley" whenever he was on the court. It was good we had someone who could step up like that, but the rest of the team never seemed to get engaged when that happened. Now that he is leaving, the rest of the team will have to grow up fast, and I think they'll be better for it.

None of this is a detriment to Nolley's game. I think he could be an excellent piece on a contending team. We tried to make him the alpha killer on an undermanned team, and that was probably asking way too much. As a wing on a team with a couple other guys already at his talent level? He could have a dominant season and really vault up the draft lists. Best of luck down the line.

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I agree. Absolutely no #sauces, but I doubt Mike Young tried super hard to get him to stay. Talented yes, but not a long-term fit.

Worth mentioning as well that MY mentioned several times that he'd prefer to play Nolley at the 3.

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It was good we had someone who could step up like that. ... Now that he is leaving ... I think they'll be better for it.

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His shot selection in the second half of the year was horrendous and especially in tournament game against Carolina. Wasn't a big fan of him getting the green light to jack 12 threes a game with a hand in the face and make maybe 2 of them, it's hard to win like that

I think this is the best for all parties. Sometimes it's just not a fit, and that's no ones fault. I appreciate him coming back and giving it a shot, shame it didn't work out but he will do good things elsewhere and we will be continue to grow as a program in the coming years.

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Now if that said "OFFSEASON" it'd be perfect.

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Can I take back my #FreeNolley tweet?

Well, I'm doing it anyway.

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Well, he's free now, so we've got that going for us.

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He is that.

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We wanted him free, but not THAT free!

Interesting to see how he get recruited with no visits or in person contacts allowed.

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This is what I came to ask. So with all activities suspended coaches can't do any recruiting/contact for any sports? Wow, I hadn't thought of the impact of that.

Pretty sure someone said elsewhere that pretty much all online contact is allowed (Twitter, whatever).

Hot take:

There were times i felt like his game didn't fit our scheme last year and killed the momentum when we were making runs. He's a good player and i hate losing him, but i think it will be interesting to see if there's any drop off with the 2 highly rated recruits that CMY recruited for his system replacing his production.

Edit - Also funny he specifies wanting to play on the wing, when, IMO, one of his biggest weaknesses was his inability to take anyone off of the dribble and get to the rim.

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Also funny he specifies wanting to play on the wing, when, IMO, one of his biggest weaknesses was his inability to take anyone off of the dribble and get to the rim.

If he's that blind to his game and willing to leave over it, then maybe we'll be better off without him.

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Agreed... his game seems to be spotting up for 3's while a skilled post player draws doubles or a quick teammate drives the lane, drawing help. Both those scenarios didn't fit our 2019-20 team all that well, and are a question mark whether the roster additions would allow for that on our 2020-21 team.

In 2019-20 his secondary scoring skills of running off screens for open looks and posting up shooting guards were featured, but obviously were not that effective against ACC competition. He did draw attention from opposing coaches/teams but had glaring holes in his game including being able to put the ball on the floor to create his own shot, playing with quick feet on defense and generally being able to hit shots against ACC-caliber defenders in 2020. Would have been cool to see him develop & improve under CMY, but he's off to find a team with a PF & C combo in '21-22 that will bump him to the 3. At least he will have his mandatory transfer RS year in '20-21 to learn his new system and work on his wing game.

bad news for anyone who may have gotten sick of the Young Team Excuse this year

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Best of luck Landers. Thanks for everything you did for a team that needed every warm body it could find.

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Best of luck but IMO, I think the team has the potential to play better without him next year.

This season, Nolley had a 33.9% Usage Rate which placed him in the top 15 of all NCAA players. However, his 90.6 Offensive Rating was good for a solid #2,124 nationally... yikes.

Combine that with his low Free Throw Rate of 0.236% (not getting to the rim) and low EFG% 0.444 (taking a lot of 'bad 2's') and VT would be returning one of the highest volume players in the NCAA who is the least efficient offensively.

Also, Nolley leaving frees up a ton of minutes for CMY to rotate players who actually produced more statistically (albeit with a fraction of his usage) as well as the incoming Freshmen and Aluma.

Not just potential to be better without him. There were metrics that showed in ACC play we WERE a better team when he was on the bench.

Yup, advanced metrics were AWFUL. Tied with Branden Johnson in win shares and WS/ 40 min in conference

https://www.sports-reference.com/cbb/schools/virginia-tech/2020.html

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Seems legit. Is it 2021 yet?

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Good luck Nolley! Hope you have a successful career

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Well then. Let's go get our own transfer who's a team player

Open your eyes Nicholas

Good luck, Landers! Carrying us to a win over #3 MSU and earning ACC All-Freshman Team honors won't be forgotten. Always a Hokie.

So he is going from one and done aspirations to a 4 yr college player? I don't get that at all. If he gets a waiver I may throw something after his stupid test scores had him sitting during our sweet 16 run.

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I never thought he was that good tbh

From a cohesion standpoint, I'd rather have a player committed to team than worried about draft status. Alexander Walker balanced that tight rope well last year I feel.

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I had always thought he was a one and done type of guy. That's primarily why this is confusing to me.

The best part will be him being immediately eligible at Texas AM of course. We had his freshman year fiasco here, but magically he will suit up for Buzz in November.

No shit. That being said he would have likely transferred out after his freshman year had he been able to play. It is what it is though. Hopefully he lands somewhere that his game is better suited and he has a great season(s). Also hopefully our guys will grow and with the additions coming in we will improve. Looking forward to the future for sure.

Probably got passed on the depth chart

Most of the posts in this thread are in fact "we will be better without him, we don't need him" so there you go.

I mean, I rather just retain our best players (KBJ, Nolley) than let them leave.

CMY caught a raw deal his first year and recruited exceedingly beyond my expectation so for me, he gets a pass on KBJ, but I think this is the first real fuck up. If we landed PJ Hall or Henry Coleman, I don't think Nolley transfers, especially with Aluma coming into the fold.

i think Nolley's dropoff in ACC play was more symptomatic than causal. whether we wind up better off in the long run, i certainly don't know (and i'm definitely dubious), but it might be better for this team not to treat him like he's prime james harden and just ask him to go get a bucket.

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He's going aTm to be with Brent.

/S

Is it basketball season yet?

Wow surprised at the responses, although I don't know too much about basketball.

Good luck to him.

Good thing he doesn't play football or this place would be melting down at the moment.../s....kinda

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/loses our best player

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I would argue that by season's end, Radford was our best player

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lost our most prolific scorer. not sure he's the best player, especially in the context of the team

Dude was a disaster in conference play. Used 34% of our possessions to shoot 24.6% from three, get to the line at an abysmal rate, and not really make 2 point baskets. I'm not trying to say he's not useful, he is, but he's not what a lot of people think he is. His dad said they view him as a 2/3 which is fine, but who is he going to guard on the perimeter? He struggles to keep up with power forwards.

Anyone who watched the second half of our season would agree with me in saying that he was not our best player.

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It's disappointing because you see the potential in Nolley. I think he really wants to play 2 guard because he probably would project there as a pro. Thats why I think you see the transfer. I probably disagree with the sentiment that "VT will be better", and that's because there's so much raw talent there, I don't think VT has a ready replacement with that much talent.

I'm not sure he has the full game required to play the 2 in the NBA, but who knows, maybe he'll be all world. Hope where ever he ends up he succeeds though.

His play early in the season was pretty pretty good. Wish he was able to sustain it for the full season once other teams started keying in on him.

This is a loss (despite his struggles in ACC play) as the offense is tailored to skilled perimeter players. I would have expected an improvement in shot selection and decision making in year 2. Guarding the 4 hid his defensive deficiencies (perimeter D) this year. That is where he will need to get better to have any shot at the next level.

The first half of the season he was playing well and we were 4th in the ACC and most likely in the NCAA tournament. The second half of the season he was playing poorly and we went on a gigantic losing streak and were not going to make the NIT.

It seems from most of the comments above, some fans think we are better now without him when we owe most of the success of the first half of the season to Landers playing well. I do think we will be a better team next year, but we would be even better with him on the team. Also, pretty sure the loss of Landers now places us in first place for shortest team in NCAA.

I agree with this. We did poorly when Nolley did poorly. I don't think he was a great team player but the guy has lots of talent. I'm not crazy about losing a 4* guy. Only Radford and Cone seemed to improve as the year went on-- Radford adding the missing ability to drive to the basket (at least going left) and Cone making shots.

The fancy stats all indicate that we aren't losing much (Nolley's win share in conference play was the same as Brandon Johnson woof) but losing talent is a bummer. We need CMY to recruit a big to replace him.

This is befuddling to me to say the least. First of all, he is the most talented player on a team that will only get better. He is giving up a year of eligibility to get away from that? It is puzzling.

Second, he says he wants to be a wing. I think that's exactly what Mike Young wants him to be too once he gets more guys in the program that can penetrate and more big guys who can post up. With Horne and Ojiako returning and Aluma getting added the fold, he wouldn't have to worry about posting up a whole lot anymore, and there will be plenty of guards to penetrate next year.

Third, his dad expected him to go pro. While we can all agree he isn't ready to go pro, to go from his dad saying that to giving up a year of eligibility to stay in college is wild.

This is a loss for us. While he sort of fell off a cliff after the UNC game, his potential is obvious. At the beginning of the season, he didn't try to do too much. The ball movement on offense was exceptional. He hit open shots. Later in the year, he stopped ball movement to isolate, he missed open shots, and regularly turned the ball over. I didn't see a transfer coming and was hoping he could return to his old form for next year.

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There was always a weird cloud surrounding Nolley, starting with the NCAA questioning his SAT scores. How often does that happen? It can't be too common they make a student take the test over again to prove he did it the first time. And then he bombs the re-take and gets ruled ineligible. Was the NCAA now justified in its claim on the first test? And how about the SAT "fixer" who was seen sitting behind Buzz and in the locker room after a game or two? (I wish I could remember that guy's name). What part, if any, did Buzz have to play in all that? The whole thing smelled funny.

So Nolley sits out his year and finally comes to play. And for the first half of the season, he leads us to some big wins and looks like an NBA player. And then his play went south like the stock market on coronavirus news. Just like that. Suddenly, he can't make a shot to save his life, the cloud around him darkens, and this NBA player looks like he's struggling just to justify that Div 1 scholarship.

If anyone remembers his story 10 years from now, it will truly be a strange one.

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It will be difficult to replace his experience, more than his production.

He's been through a full ACC season, Aluma has not, Bamisile has not, Maddox has not, [insert next Hokie recruit/transfer] has not.

15.5 ppg should be replaceable. Counting Horne and Ojiako, if you include Nolley as a post player, we got 25.3 ppg from down low. I expect Aluma, Ojiako, and Horne to be able to get at least 20, if Horne stays consistent, Ojiako improves, and Aluma gets close to his ~7 ppg. Add in the new wing players and we should get 5 points from them.

Rebounding will definitely not be missed, as I assume Aluma and Ojiako will be able to get more rebounds per game than they did this year + what Nolley had.

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But what about the Nolley train?

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Well, he did play great in 19, 20 was, um, a rough year.

Look, i'll admit, I was on the bandwagon after Clemson and Mich St, but we couldn't build on it. His dad mentioned being in the NBA next year, and he bought into his own hype.

Mirror that with NAW last year. Everyone knew he was not coming back after the season. But he kept grinding, and earned his draft status, with a serious team player mentality.

Not everyone can share the same character or drive. I feel for the kid, and I hope he finds his footing.

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He'll have to sit unless he can get some saa sort of waiver. And I heard he only have 2 years left.

"Hey Bud, you wont have to hold the opponent to 17 points anymore."

It just seemed like he regressed the second half of the year.

He was fading away on his shot (hitting the front of the rim). His footwork seemed slow. His demeanor was just flat.

Also, as the season progressed, you could hear in CMY's press conferences less and less confidence in his play. (Coach Young never trashed him, he just quit defending him as much.)

Interesting to watch the rest of the team continue to grow/improve. They seemed bought in and never quit.

Based on the "risk" the player is taking (possibly losing a year) and the team losing such a talent, can't help but think there's more to the story than we know. Sure wonder if this might have been a mutual decision.

If he does decide to transfer, I expect the minutes breakdown to go like this

5: Aluma 25, Ojiako 15
4: Horne 30, Ojiako 10
3: Wilkins 15, Cattoor 15, Radford 10
2: Radford 15, Alleyne 15, Bamisile 10, Kabongo 5
1: Bede 25, Cone 10, Maddox 5

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I think you'll get to re-do this two or 3 more times

I assume so.

That's just for first looks.

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I dunno man, watching Wofford's games from last year (18-19), Aluma looks like no more of a '5' than Nolley, except he's 2" taller. Our best hope is that Ojiako is ready for 25-30 minutes at the 5 and that Aluma & Horne cover the '4' + backup '5' minutes between them.

So we're playing two guys at the 2 spot for five minutes a game? Bold strategy. /s

Also, I have to believe that Cone will get more than 10 minutes and Radford will get more than 25. Radford was our best player for the last two months and if he develops any kind of shot, he will be next year too

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5: Ojiako 25, Horne 15
4: Aluma 30, Horne 10
3: Nolley 30, Radford 25, Cattoor 10, Wilkins/Maddox 5
2: Alleyne 20, Cone 15, Cattoor/Maddox/Basimile 5
1: Bede 25, Basimile/Kabongo 10, Cone 5

possible RS: Basimile, Maddox, Wilkins, Alleyne, Cattoor

1. Bede 25
2. Basimile: RS-15
3. Kabongo: 0-10
4. Cone: 20
5. Alleyne: 20
6. Cattoor: 10-20
7. Radford: 25
8. Wilkins: RS-1o
9. Maddox: RS-10
10. Horne: 15-25
11. Aluma: 25-30
12. Ojiako: 25
13. TBD

I think we end up with an 8 or 9 player rotation again (we had 9 players average 10 minutes or more), but who exactly those 9 are will be something of a mystery until fall camp is over. We are losing one key contributor (Nolley) and adding 3 potential contributors in Aluma (likely to play a ton of minutes, probably close to 30) and the FR Basimile and Maddox.

Ball stopper. Melo type game.

...and James Harden

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Not the best comparison. Harden's game is all about getting to the FT line (the most efficient play in basketball by a large margin). Nolley rarely got to the FT line this season (or even tried for that matter).

"For those who have passed, for those to come, reach for excellence."

Most of Nolley's points in ACC play were from the FT line.

That is just not true... He shot 2 or fewer free throws in 10 ACC games. He averaged fewer than 4 FT per game. He hit 54 FT in ACC play, out of 269 points. So like 20%.

EDIT: Didn't include the first Duke game, or the Clemson game. My bad. Doesn't really change anything though. 4 FT against Clemson (2 made of his 30 points) and 2 against Duke (1 of 7 points). No FT against UNC in the tourney (also not counted in the original math).

It's not that hard to do a quick google of his stats before disagreeing with me. He only had seven (five in ACC play) games where he got to the line at least 6 times, and we were 5-2 in those games.

For how high his usage rate was, and the style of isolation ball that he likes to play, he should have gotten to line much more than that. It's one of the reasons he was one of the least efficient players in the country last year (that had significant minutes).

https://www.sports-reference.com/cbb/players/landers-nolleyii-1/gamelog/...

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Eh, I think those 5 games where he got to line at least 6 times must have all been home games. I just remember him shooting a bunch of FT in person. I remember quite a few stat lines that said 16 points but only 2-3 shots from the floor.

After the UNC game his whole body language changed. It was like he didn't want to be on the court. Stupid turnovers from lack of effort or careless ball control. It just wasn't the same. I felt all along that somebody was in his ear (probably his Dad) saying just hang in there. Well, good luck. I hope it doesn't blow up. In the end, it's addition by subtraction and the numbers after the UNC game prove it.

People in the know say this was decided a month and a half ago. Leading candidates to land him right now are NC State and Georgia.

We killed Nc State WTF?

Open your eyes Nicholas

He ain't going to NC State.

Isn't there a two year sit out for transfers in conference. That would leave Nolley with 0 years of eligibility at NC State.

the 2-year rule hasn't been in place since the transfer portal was created

Thanks, was not aware of that.

I agree with many of the above thoughts that he sorta checked out once we started losing..I mean he was in a tear the first half of the season then once we started losing he was chucking up some serious garbage shots and not making a whole lot of effort to get the rim and take contact to get to the line. I really thought he was gonna be a savior with this changeover to CMY but man oh man was I wrong. That said I still believe CMY is in an upward trajectory and the guys coming in/coming of redshirt are gonna make us a 18-22 win team next year...

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Idk what to think. Maybe this is a best for everyone scenario. Or maybe its another talented kid leaving our program because the grass is always greener somewhere else. Serious question: KBJ had a decent season at UF, but do those who follow the draft feel like his stock improved significantly?

No. Blackshear didn't improve his stock from what I've seen. He's still a borderline drafted to undrafted player. That's not really surprising given his age. The way scouting works, they see his age and know there's not likely going to be any dramatic leaps in his ability when it comes to the what they call the development curve. You usually see big jumps in younger players, but once they enter that 21 to 23 year range, it drops off. A guy isn't likely to go from "Can make a roster" talent to "Can be an NBA starter to all star" talent.

My impression as well. My hope is that people will start to realize that jumping around for the purposes of exposure isn't really going to be that beneficial, and we'll see this whole transfer business settle down a little bit. Generally Im supportive of the portal, there should be an easy way for people to seek better opportunities in life. That's just fair, even if it hurts from a fan perspective. I just think the number of cases where it actually helps someone a lot are limited, and hopefully kids will wise up to that and coaches will be able to steer them in the right direction.

Blackshear is not an NBA player. In the modern NBA, someone 6'08-6'09 has to be able to shoot the 3 or have a niche like a draymond green. Blackshear is neither.

30.8% on 200+ shots from 3 pt range would indicate he can shoot the 3. That's right where Giannis is. That's about in the top 3rd of players (top 150 of 450 players on a roster at any given moment)

73.1% from the line on 600+ shots is better than Lebron and would be in the top 100 of players.

He can fill a niche.

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30% is in fact below average so unless he has a skill set that matches Giannis (he clearly does not). 30% does not get you a spot on NBA roster.

The NBA is a different animal, not to mention the 3 point shot is actually longer. The main factor is that he won't get that many opportunities if he can't run the floor. Giannis is a generational talent that can run the floor, get his own shot off the dribble, etc. Not a good comparison.

KBJ would have been a first-round pick 20 years ago, not in today's NBA.

He's going to be a beast in Europe if he chooses to go down that route (like his dad)

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Is this suggesting Jalen is leaving?
That kid's upside is super high. We can build a team around his play.

I think you misread the screenshot. Different Jalen.

I too believe Jalen Cone's future is very bright at VT, particularly with his elite 3 point shooting in CMY's system.

I still think Jalen will end up being a superstar once he settles down and gets a flow going. He played pretty lights out for a high school senior in the ACC this year.

Big takeaway from that screenshot: "Sitting one"

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Can we replace a Nolley with second Jalen? Or is this just opening up room for more freshmen next year.

Big takeaway from that screenshot: "Sitting one"

If you're not sure if my comment warrants a "/s", it probably does.

"Sitting One" really caught my eye.....twice

"I am probably too rational to be here"

If his goal is the NBA, can someone please explain why this move makes sense? From my perspective, playing at VT next year and then going to the NBA is a better route than sitting out next year, play a year and then go to the NBA. Most of the time when athletes transfer I can at least see some logic even if I don't agree with it (Josh Jackson comes to mind), but this one has me stumped.

Makes you think it has nothing to do with him wanting to play wing doesn't it?

So is he just in the portal or is 100% done at VT & figuring out the next steps?