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Virginia Tech basketball: Joe Bamisile chooses his next destination

Bamisile was Virginia Tech’s top recruit one year ago.

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Former Virginia Tech guard Joe Bamisile
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It didn’t take long for former Virginia Tech guard Joe Bamisile to choose his next destination.

On Monday, Bamisile revealed the move himself, as he announced he was transferring to George Washington. Bamisile entered the NCAA transfer portal last week, a few days after finishing his first college basketball season.

Bamisile, a 6-foot-4, 195-pound guard, was a four-star recruit in 2020 out of Monacan High in Chesterfield, Virginia. He played 13 games for the Hokies in 2020-21, averaging 3.5 points per game. His best performance came in a win at Miami, where he played 25 minutes and scored 11 points.

Virginia Tech’s backcourt depth was the reason for Bamisile’s departure. Nothing more. He wanted to start, and that wasn’t in the cards at Virginia Tech next season. While he would’ve been a part of the rotation, he would have still faced competition for minutes from Tyrece Radford, Nahiem Alleyne, Hunter Cattoor and Darius Maddox, among others.

Bamisile’s departure was a tough blow for Virginia Tech fans. He was a big get for head coach Mike Young and possessed plenty of talent. However, trust in Young. He will fill Bamisile’s spot with an addition from the transfer portal — in all likelihood. And there are plenty of good players out there.

What is Bamisile’s connection to George Washington?

George Mason head coach Jamion Christian began his coaching career at Emory & Henry — Young’s alma mater. While we aren’t sure if that helped lead Bamisile to GW, it’s likely Young put in a good word for his former player.

Good luck in D.C., Joe.