VT's Finney-Smith leaving hoops program

VT's Finney-Smith leaving hoops program
May 9, 2012, 1:56 pm
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Virginia Tech rising sophomore Dorian Finney-Smith, a top-25 national recruit last season, intends on transferring out of the program according to multiple reports.The decision comes on the heels of the school replacing former men's basketball coachSeth Greenbergwith first-year coach James Johnson. According to Johnson, Finney-Smith's plan to leave Blacksburg was in the works before the coaching change.Former Hokies assistant coach John Richardson, Finney-Smith's primary recruiter, left Virginia Tech this off-season for a similar job with Old Dominion. Adding the springy 6-foot-8 forward and arguably the most highly regarded recruit in the program's history was a coup for Greenberg.Virginia Tech's overall 2011 classranked among the best nationally by some recruiting sites. Finney-Smith earned a place on the all-ACC freshman team after averaging 6.3 points and seven rebounds per game last season. He recorded a double-double in his first college game (10 points and 16 rebounds against East Tennessee State) and early in the campaign, the Portsmouth native was leading the ACC in rebounding. However, his numbers dipped as the season progressed and struggles offensively kicked in.There are no immediate reports on Finney-Smith's future plans. According to the Washington Post, Finney-Smith originally chose Virginia Tech over Florida and Old Dominion, where his older brother Ben Finney played.