Virginia Tech Coach Seth Greenberg announced Monday he has granted fifth-year senior JT Thompson a release from his scholarship to assist the forward as he tries to transfer to a school closer to his daughter in the Charlotte area.

The Monroe, N.C., native missed his second-consecutive season this past year after tearing his ACL in November and plans to file a medical waiver with the NCAA in order to obtain a sixth year of eligibility.

“This is a very difficult decision to make, but I feel the need to move closer to my daughter and become a full-time parent to her,” Thompson said in a school-issued statement. “I want to thank Coach Greenberg, all the coaches and all my teammates for all they have meant to me and know that I will always be a Hokie.”

During his last full season with Virginia Tech in 2009, Thompson was a valuable sixth man and averaged 7.3 points and 4.6 rebounds per game. But he hasn’t played a game since, tearing his left ACL in a pick-up game in September 2010 and then tearing his right ACL a week before this past season began.

“I feel for JT with all the injuries that he has suffered here and wish him nothing but the best in the future,” Greenberg said in a school-issued statement. “JT has been a very positive member of this team and leaves Virginia Tech with the most important thing – his college degree.

“As a parent, I certainly understand his desire to move closer to his young daughter and to become a bigger part of her life. We will do everything in our power to help JT in this process and will work with him to find the perfect fit for him in this situation.”

Thompson’s departure leaves the Hokies with three open scholarships for next year. Greenberg and his staff hosted several recruits this weekend. They are looking for another combo guard to join leading scorer Erick Green and freshman Marquis Rankin in the backcourt, as well as another big man.

Greenberg said previously the team is looking to add up to two players. The Hokies already have two recruits signed for next season – forwards Montrezl Harrell and Marshall Wood. Forwards Cadarian Raines and C.J. Barksdale will return inside as well.