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Virginia Tech basketball: Grad transfer Justyn Mutts picks the Hokies

Mutts rounds out Tech’s 2021-21 roster and is a big addition for head coach Mike Young.

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Virginia Tech head basketball coach Mike Young continues his rebuild of the program and on Monday, he added a big piece.

Justyn Mutts, a graduate transfer from Delaware, announced he would finish his career at Virginia Tech.

Mutts, a 6-foot-7, 220-pound forward from Millville, N.J., first committed to High Point where he spent his freshman season. Mutts played in 28 games, making 19 starts. He transferred to Delaware after the 2017-18 season and redshirted in 2018-19.

As a redshirt sophomore in 2019-20, Mutts played in all 33 games, averaged 12.2 points, 8.4 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game. He shot over 53 percent from the floor.

Mutts, along with fellow grad transfer, Cordell Pemsl, gives the Hokies something they’ve lacked in recent seasons in frontcourt size.

Add in rising sophomore John Ojiako, Keve Aluma — who transferred from Wofford and sat out last year — and freshman David N’Guessan, the Hokies suddenly have depth up front.

Tech, of course, lost leading scorer Landers Nolley and PJ Horne, both to transfers since last season ended. Horne, at 6-foot-5, was often Virginia Tech’s center. While Horne’s ability on the perimeter will be missed, Mutts gives the Hokies more on the defensive end and should be Tech’s top rebounder immediately.

This was a good addition for Young. In addition to Nolley and Horne’s departures, Virginia Tech also lost Jon Kabongo to a career-ending injury and Isaiah Wilkins. The Hokies have added Pemsl and Mutts to the frontcourt and Kansas State transfer Cartier Diarra to the backcourt.

When you factor in who the Hokies have returning, along with a pair of four-star recruits in guards Joe Bamisile and Darius Maddox, Young’s rebuilding job is coming along much faster than anticipated.

With the addition of Mutts, the Hokies now have a complete roster for the 2020-21 season.

Mutts has two years of eligibility remaining and is eligible immediately.