What does Sy’s departure mean for the Hokies?

By Mychal Hunter

What a mess. If you haven’t heard already, Khadim Sy has reportedly left the Virginia Tech men’s basketball program once again and will transfer to a JUCO school.

Sy left VPI prior to his sophomore year after a nice freshman campaign to attend a JUCO as well.

As many are aware, few teams in the ACC have as much perimeter talent as the Hokies, but their achilles heel this past season was front court depth. They thought they had solved that problem by signing Sy again last December.

Now, he has once again left them short handed in the during a window in which the Hokies are/were a legit elite 8 contender.

Coach Buzz Williams’s 2018 class consisted of three guards and Sy returning, so no additional help is on the way unless Williams can pull a rabbit out of his ass.  6’10 sophomore Nicholas Fullard is still on he roster, but only appeared in 9 games last season and averaged less than 2 minutes per game.

This leads me to believe that when Kerry Blackshear needs a blow or (more likely) gets into first half foul trouble, 6’6 P.j Horne will once again be the first off the bench. Horne is a nice player and played admirably in the role last year, but will be playing way out of position.

In 11 minutes per game during the 2016-17 season, Sy averaged 4.0 points and 2.7 rebounds per game. That illustrates the exact type of production that Coach Williams would have needed this year. The addition of sharp shooting freshman Landers Nolley and the return of sniper Ty Outlaw to a perimeter already boasting Ahmed Hill, NAW and senior stud point guard Justin Robinson give the Hokies another potent perimeter make-up, but will it once again be wasted due to lack of rebounders and rim protectors?

 

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