Virginia Tech men's basketball making a push to land former Fairfield guard

The Hokies will host a Fairfield guard this weekend from the transfer portal.
Nov 15, 2022; Cincinnati, Ohio, USA; Fairfield Stags guard Jalen Leach (3) dribbles against Xavier
Nov 15, 2022; Cincinnati, Ohio, USA; Fairfield Stags guard Jalen Leach (3) dribbles against Xavier / Katie Stratman-USA TODAY Sports

Mike Young and his coaching staff have been very busy looking to build the 2024-25 roster for the Virginia Tech men's basketball team. Normally at this time of year, coaches know who is coming back the following season and have a good idea of what the roster will look like. Not Young.

Two weeks ago, the Hokies roster went through a massive overhaul with the transfer portal after five players who could have come back to Blacksburg next season entered. One player, Mylyjael Poteat, entered the portal but withdrew after three days and is returning to Virginia Tech. Two other players, Tyler Nickel (Vanderbilt) and Lynn Kidd (Miami) each committed to other programs for next winter.

That leaves a large hole in the Hokies roster and Young has started to fill it in with a pair of commitments from Jordan Ivy-Curry from UTSA and Ben Burnham from the College of Charleston. Next week, Virginia Tech will host Temple guard Hysier Miller and this weekend, another talented transfer guard will be in Blacksburg for a visit to the portal.

Virginia Tech to host guard Jalen Leach this weekend

Friday and Saturday, Fordham guard Jalen Leach will be at Virginia Tech for a visit. This season for the Stags, he averaged 16.2 points a night, 4.1 rebounds, and 3.0 assists. He also shot 35.4% from behind the arc and almost 90% from the free-throw line.

Virginia Tech will have some competition for Leach's services as he is scheduled to visit Northwestern next weekend after the Wildcats went to the NCAA Tournament this season. It's likely the Hokies are going to need some guards for next season and Young is leaving all options open, but it can be considered a good sign that Leach will be on campus this weekend, not meeting through Zoom.