Zach DeLay announces he will transfer to Virginia Tech men’s basketball program

Former South Florida power forward Zach LeDay is transferring to the Virginia Tech men’s basketball program.

LeDay, who announced his decision Tuesday evening on Twitter, averaged 3.5 points and 2.6 rebounds while starting 16 games as a sophomore this past season. He will have two years of eligibility remaining after sitting out next year due to NCAA transfer rules.

New Hokies assistant Steve Roccaforte was previously at South Florida under former coach Stan Heath. LeDay — from The Colony, Tex., outside Dallas — also played in the same AAU program as current Hokies guard Ben Emelogu.

He is the second player to transfer into Virginia Tech since Coach Buzz Williams took over the program in March. Former Maryland guard Seth Allen announced last month he would be coming to Blacksburg

The 6-foot-7, 245-pound LeDay provides some needed reinforcements inside after forwards Trevor Thompson, Maurice Kirby and Marshall Wood all elected to transfer to new schools after James Johnson was fired as the Hokies’ coach following a 9-22 campaign in 2013-14.

Williams had already reloaded the roster by signing a four-player recruiting class, including four-star guard Ahmed Hill and center Satchel Paige, two 2014 Marquette recruits that were let out of their national letters-of-intent once Williams left the school. He also convinced 2014 Virginia Tech prospects Justin Bibbs and Jalen Hudson to honor the national letters-of-intent they signed under Johnson.

The addition of LeDay leaves the Hokies with just one open scholarship going forward.

Mark Giannotto covers high school sports for The Washington Post.
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