Justyn Mutts will be a Hokie!
Virginia Tech's 2020-21 basketball roster is coming together. Today, the Hokies added Delaware transfer Justyn Mutts.
Originally a member of the 2017 recruiting class, Mutts played his freshman year at High Point, then transferred to Delaware, where he redshirted after transferring, then played the 2019-20 season for the Blue Hens. He should have two years of eligibility remaining as a grad-transfer, though with his second Division I transfer, he may lose a year of eligibility, depending on how the NCAA interprets its second-transfer rule with graduate transfers.
The 6-7, 220-pounder played the vast majority of available minutes last season (as did three of his teammates on one of the least-rotated lineups in the country). Despite standing just 6-7, he has a true post presence, ranking in the top-500 players nationally in blocks and steals, while also functioning as an effective two-point finisher. He attempted just 17 three-pointers on the season, making two of them.
He's a true interior player who should be a complement to the Hokies' more perimeter-oriented lineup among returning players. With the departure of forward PJ Horne, who will head back home to Georgia for his final year of eligibility, Mutts should have plenty of playing time available in the post from the day he sets foot on campus, even if he's the second big, playing alongside fifth-year senior Keve Aluma or sophomore John Ojiako.
Perhaps most importantly for the Hokies, Mutts can be an impact rebounder on either end of the floor, eating up space and allowing his teammates to be more effective shooting from the three-point line or defending out to it, since his presence must be accounted for on the interior.
Mutts occupies the last available scholarship slot on the VT roster, assuming former walk-on Tyrece Radford remains on scholarship after earning his grant-in-aid last year.