Virginia Tech men's basketball loses a sixth player to the transfer portal

Forward Mylyjael Poteat becoms the sixth member of the Hokies' 2023-24 men's basketball team to enter the transfer portal.

Jan 27, 2024; Blacksburg, Virginia, USA; Virginia Tech Hokies forward Mylyjael Poteat (34) shoots a
Jan 27, 2024; Blacksburg, Virginia, USA; Virginia Tech Hokies forward Mylyjael Poteat (34) shoots a / Brian Bishop-USA TODAY Sports

The hits just keep on coming for Virginia Tech men's basketball coach Mike Young. Wednesday was a busy day for members of his 2023-24 team and it was not good news for the Hokies coaching staff.

Less than 24 hours after Lynn Kidd and John Camden entered the transfer portal on Tuesday, to nobody's surprise, point guard Sean Pedulla entered the transfer portal, soon followed by MJ Collins. Wednesday night, Mylyjael Poteat became the sixth Hokie to enter the portal to play somewhere else next season.

Mylyjael Poteat enters the transfer portal

Poteat became a very good backup for Kidd as the season went along and there were nights when he did a lot of the little things to help the Hokies pick up a victory. He averaged 6.4 points a game and 3.5 rebounds a night and shot nearly 65% from the field. Like Kidd, Poteat did a lot of his scoring around the basket on dunks and benefitted from the play of Pedulla who was able to get downhill a lot into the lane, which opened things up when Poteat's defender helped off of him.

Poteat played in 68 games for Virginia Tech in two seasons after transferring in from Rice. He has one year of eligibility left in 2024-25 and his loss means Young currently only has six scholarship players for next season. Not good.

Now the question for Young and his staff is where do they go from here? They have lost all five starters from this season's team, two graduating in Robbie Beran and Hunter Cattoor, and the other three, Kidd, Pedulla, and Collins to the transfer portal. Like other schools, Virginia Tech is going to have to dive very deep into the transfer portal if they are going to put together a competitive roster for next season.