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Virginia Tech basketball: Mike Young gets his big man for 2021-22

Michael Durr is 7-foot-0, 250 pounds.

NCAA Basketball: South Florida at Wichita State
Michael Durr
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The Virginia Tech men’s basketball team made their first big addition of the offseason when they landed a starting center for the 2021-22 season on Wednesday.

Michael Durr is a 7-foot-0, 250-pound center who played his first three seasons with the South Florida Bulls. In 2020-21, averaged 8.8 points and 7.9 rebounds per game. He can slide into Virginia Tech’s lineup with Justyn Mutts and Keve Aluma in the frontcourt.

Durr played his high school basketball at Victory Rock Prep in Atlanta.

Virginia Tech head coach Mike Young has been active in the NCAA transfer portal, in search of a big man. Durr fills that need.

The Hokies have lost a pair of former four-star recruits this offseason in Joe Bamisile and Jalen Cone. Both players have already announced new destinations.

The addition of Durr gives the Hokies an outstanding starting lineup next season. If Durr comes in a starter, as expected, Tech’s starting five would be Mutts, Aluma, Durr, Storm Murphy and Tyrece Radford or Nahiem Alleyne.

Durr gives Young plenty of options. Alleyne and Radford are both starters, but could play a sixth-man role, too.

I would expect Young to continue to scour the portal for at least one more addition this offseason.