Virginia Tech’s Alleyne and Ojiako enter the gate, while Aluma and Mutts enter the draft | Virginia Tech

Two Virginia Tech men’s basketball players entered the transfer window. Two more entered the NBA draft but did not rule out a return to the team.

The university confirmed, on Tuesday, that guard Naim Allen and backup center John Ojiaku entered the gate.

Starting center Kev Aluma said in a phone interview Monday that he recently entered the NBA draft but is maintaining his college eligibility, so he can return for his sixth year of college.

“I’m still not sure yet what I’m going to do,” Aluma said.

Aluma will showcase his talents to the NBA scouts at the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament this week.

Justin Motts, who kicked off his run in power, tweeted Monday night that he announced the draft but also maintains his college eligibility. So he can go back for his sixth year of college, too.

With Alleyne in the gate and Aluma and Mutts thinking about pro ball, Tech may have to replace four-fifths of the starting lineup from a team that won the ACC and made a second consecutive NCAA Tour appearance. Storm Murphy, which started at Point Guard as an alumni diversion, is out of eligibility.

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Alleyne started every hockey game as a rookie this year, averaging 9.6 points and 31.1 minutes. Alleyne experienced a shooting stagnation during part of the season but still ranks second on the team with 62 three-pointers. He’s paid 37.3% of the 3-point range, down from 40.8% a year ago.

Alleyne was a three-year starter for the Hokies. He averaged 8.8 points as a freshman and 11.1 points in second year.

But Alleyne may not start at Tech next season due to the appearance of goalkeeper Darius Maddox. Maddox averaged 6.4 points off the bench as a sophomore this year. Maddox made 40 three-pointers, including the game-winning 3-pointer at the end of overtime in the team’s ACC tournament win over Clemson.

The technology will also need to find a guest speaker for featured opponent Rodney Rice, who could be hired for both the guard and the point next season. It was ranked as the No. 8 high school out-of-guard in the state by ESPN.

The 6-foot-10 Ojiaku averaged 2.4 points, 1.9 rebounds and 6.3 minutes when he was young this year. He played 20 matches.

Ojiaku and Allen each have two years of eligibility.

Backup player Galen Haynes entered the gate last month. Therefore, Tech has four scholarships available to pass this spring to recruits from the Transfer Portal or to Aluma and Mutts, one or both of whom must decide to return to Tech.

Aluma and Mutts have an additional year of eligibility; The NCAA has given it to all winter sports athletes in its 2020-21 Division I due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Aluma averaged 15.8 points and 6.5 rebounds as a fifth-year student this year, when he made the All-ACC team second for the second year in a row. He graduated from Tech last year, and has taken additional college courses this academic year.

Aluma also entered the draft last April. He retained his college eligibility at that time as well. He showed his talents to the NBA scouts at the NBA G League Elite Camp last June but did not receive an invite to the subsequent NBA Draft Combine, so he dropped out of the 2021 NBA Draft on June 24 and returned to the Hokies.

The operation will be earlier this year. The NBA draft will take place next month; Invitations are not out yet. The NCAA deadline for players who want to drop out of the draft and go back to college is June 1.

Is Aluma seriously considering sixth year of college? Or is it more likely to stay on the draft this time around?

“I’m one year older,” he said, “in the same place as last year.” “I will treat this process as if I participate in it all [to turning pro] I will try to leave it all there and see what I can do.

“But obviously, in my back pocket, I have another year [of eligibility]. …we have to see what I hear [from NBA teams]. “

Alma said he feels more prepared for professional football than he did last year.

“I’m a year older,” he said. “You can only play for a long time. So I’m ready to start.”

Aluma – who has not signed with an agent – will get a chance to wow the NBA’s scouts at the Portsmouth Invitational, which takes place Wednesday through Saturday. The annual eight-team tournament is for players who aren’t seen as having to forge locks.

There will be 64 players in Portsmouth, including Georgia Tech’s Michael Defoe and Jordan Usher, Notre Dame’s Paul Atkinson, Syracuse’s Jimmy Boehme and Cole Swider, North Carolina’s Grecol Helms, Miami’s Charlie Moore, Louisville’s Malik Williams and Dallas Walton From Wake Forest.

“I’m definitely excited,” Aluma said.

Aluma plans to take a different approach at Portsmouth than he did at the elite NBA camp last year.

“When I get the ball, be more aggressive,” he said.

Aluma will also be able to visit NBA teams for practice — something he didn’t have a chance to do last year due to the pandemic.

MUTS averaged 10.1 points and 7.4 rebounds this year. He already has a bachelor’s degree from Delaware and a master’s degree from technology; He has been working on his second master’s degree this academic year.

Of course, Aluma and Mutts could still decide to turn pro even if their NBA inventory wasn’t high. They can always play overseas or in the NBA G League.

But with college athletes now able to make money off their name, image, and likeness (NIL), Aluma and/or Mutts could decide that staying in Tech would be the best option other than the NBA.

“Nothing changes the rules of the game for a lot of people,” Aluma said. “for this reason [would be a reason to stay]And then, too, Virginia Tech has been great for me.”

Aluma said he’s spoken with some companies in the area about nothing matters, but he doesn’t have any.

Aluma, Mutts, Alleyne and Murphy joined the entire ACC academic team on Tuesday, as did fellow rookie Tech Hunter Cattoor, Virginia’s Jayden Gardner and Kadin Shedrick.

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