Virginia Tech’s new Wofford connection in head coach Mike Young continues to pay dividends as the team has gotten a new power forward in sophomore Keve Aluma. Aluma announced his decision to transfer on his Twitter account Sunday night.
I would like to thank Wofford and my teammates for two of the best years of my life. After talking with my family and considering all the options, I have decided to attend Virginia Tech. At VT I have found the best academic opportunities and an outstanding coaching staff. pic.twitter.com/XsWpCIlFha— Keve Aluma (@AlumaKeve) May 5, 2019
Since he is still just an undergraduate, Aluma will have to sit out this coming season under the NCAA’s transfer rules.
Aluma, a 6-foot-8 forward from Berlin, Maryland, started 34 games for the Terriers last season, averaging 6.9 points per game and 6.8 rebounds per game. He was a key contributor in the team’s historic 2018-19 season in which they went undefeated in the Southern Conference and made it to the Round of 32 in the NCAA Tournament, where they lost to the No. 2 seed Kentucky Wildcats.
Aluma showed his ability to step up as a role player in the frontcourt as the season wore on, scoring in double figures in eight games and also getting two double-doubles. While he’ll have to watch from the bench this season, his experience playing under coach Young should give him a good chance to receive some key minutes on the court when his time comes.
It has been a busy offseason for the newly appointed head coach, who has managed to not only bring in Aluma, but also Wofford-recruit Hunter Cattoor for a Hokies team trying to find a new identity. While Tech fans may be looking at an entirely new team this coming season, coach Young will seem to have a few familiar faces in the fold when he gets set to coach his first season in Blacksburg.