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Hokies Basketball: Forward C.J. Barksdale Officially Leaves Team

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Tech now returns just two starters from last season.

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For the second time in less than a week a key contributor from last season has left the Virginia Tech men's basketball team as C.J. Barksdale has decided to leave the program according to a report in the Washington Post.

Barksdale averaged 8.1 points and 4.2 rebounds per game last season while battling injuries and a three game suspension for a violation of team rules to start the season.

The rising senior leaves Tech with even less than the razor-thin depth in the post than the program had before. Joey van Zegeren is now the only remaining member of the 2011 recruiting class.

Barksdale came to Tech as a four star recruit via Hargrave Military Academy. He chose the Hokies over scholarship offers from Wake Forest, Maryland and Florida among others.

This latest roster move leaves Tech with a gaping hole in the frontcourt and only two returning starters from last season's squad.

On the bright side, the quickest way to turn around a moribund program is to completely turn over the roster and Buzz Williams has basically done that in just four months on the job.

Gobbler Country will keep you informed as Tech's roster continues to reshape itself under the new coaching staff.