Virginia Tech basketball’s 2022-2023 season is looking a lot more promising today than it was this past Tuesday. That’s because Justyn Mutts, one of the leaders of the 2021-2022 ACC Champions, let fans know on Twitter that he’s ready to “run it back” for one more season.
Mutts had been exploring the possibility of entering the 2022 NBA Draft, but he maintained his college eligibility by not signing with an agent. With the draft looming on June 23rd, the time had come to make a decision.
Luckily for the Hokies, Justyn must have heard from NBA scouts that another year in college would be a better decision for his career.
Justyn had another year of eligibility thanks to the NCAA’s decision to give an extra year to athletes who were in-season when COVID hit. Thanks to that, the Hokies added back one of their most important and most experienced members of the team.
Justyn has averaged about 10 points, 7 rebounds, and 3 assists per game over 58 games with the Hokies, as listed on Sports-Reference.com. He started in all but one of those games, averaging 29.8 minutes per game.
He’s mostly known by fans for throwing down high-flying alley-oops that threaten to bring down Cassell Coliseum, but Justyn is a versatile player who can do a lot more than than that. Mutts’ career with the Hokies includes the second ever triple-double in program history.
Mutts been an efficient scorer for the Hokies over 2 seasons, making 58.1% of his 2-point attempts and 33.3% of his 3-point attempts. On the defensive end, Justyn averaged 0.9 blocks and 1.0 steals per game.
A 3rd season in Blacksburg should do a lot to cement Mutts’ legacy as one of the all-time greats in Virginia Tech basketball history. Hokies fans should be very excited to hear #25 is back for another year in Blacksburg. We know Head Coach Mike Young sure as hell was.