With only 12 teams remaining in the NCAA Tournament, information continues to pour in from around the country about players’ status for next season. Some of the nation’s finest will enter the NBA Draft, while others will find a new home hoping for new success. One of the latter is former Virginia Tech guard Adam Smith, who will transfer from the program for his final season of eligibility. Despite leading the team in points, Smith was not hoping to join a losing program, and head coach Buzz Williams has simply not gotten the job done for the Hokies.
“For the past three years, I’ve strived to be the very best that I could be, both in the classroom and on the basketball court at Virginia Tech, and it has been a very rewarding experience,” Smith said in a statement released by the university. “I’d like to thank coach Buzz Williams for the tremendous leadership, mentorship, and guidance he provided me with during this past year. It contributed directly to my success on the court and in the classroom. As I look to the future, I have decided to use my fifth year of eligibility to pursue my higher education and basketball dreams at another collegiate institution which may more closely align with my immediate goals.”
After beginning his career at UNC Greensboro, Smith averaged 12.4 points per game for a Virginia Tech squad that had one of their worst seasons in recent memory finishing 11-22. Smith will now begin the search for his third college in five seasons, and it shouldn’t surprise anyone if Smith ends up on a top squad. In the tough ACC, leading any team in scoring is an impressive task and should bode well for his chances to be picked up by a premier basketball program. Still, it remains uncertain what exactly the interest will be for one season of Smith’s services, and a perfect match may take time to find.
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