The butterfly effect continues in Blacksburg.Virginia Tech released highly regarded basketball recruit Montrezl Harrell from his scholarship on Wednesday, several outlets have reported.Harrell, a 6-foot-7 forward, signed with the Hokies last November and was the top member of the incoming class recruited by former coach Seth Greenberg. The school replaced Greenberg last month with former assistant James Johnson. The news of Greenberg's dismissal reportedly broke before the school had informed the longtime coach of the change.Since then, last year's top freshman recruit Dorian Fnney-Smith announced his intentions to transfer. Now, the Hokies are losing Harrell, selected as the MVP of last month's Capital Classic, The departure leaves Johnson with only eight scholarship players entering next season, including incoming freshman forward Marshall Wood.Harrell's status among power forwards in the 2012 class rose dramatically during the past year. Reportedly, prominent programs including Kentucky and Louisville began showing interest in thehigh-riser late in the recruiting process. The two Bluegrass schools are said to be on Harrell's short list along with Florida, NC State and Alabama. Virginia Tech has not placed any restrictionsregarding Harrells choice of schools, per the Daily Press.Tech also announced on Wednesday UNC-Wilmington transferAdam Smith will join the program for the 2013-14 campaign. The 6-1 guard averaged 13.7 points per game last season as a freshman.He will have three years of eligibility remaining after sitting out next seasonper NCAA transfer rules.Smiths addition helps the long-term outlook for the program, but in terms of the 2012-13 campaign, the Hokies are hurting. Time will tell how much.
VT recruit Harrell granted scholarship release
May 18, 2012, 12:14 am