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Marquis Rankin leaves Virginia Tech men’s basketball program

The Virginia Tech men’s basketball team announced Friday that point guard Marquis Rankin has decided to leave the program, effective immediately.

Rankin, a junior, hadn’t dressed for a game this season because of personal reasons, and Hokies Coach James Johnson indicated he plans to remain in Blacksburg to finish his degree.

“I completely support Marquis on his decision,” Johnson said in a school-issued statement. “He is an outstanding young man who had to make a difficult choice and I know that he took the time to make sure it was the correct decision. While we will miss not having him on the team, I am very happy that he has decided to stay at Virginia Tech and work towards his ultimate goal of a degree from our university.”

Rankin appeared in 53 games over the past two seasons, averaging three points and one assist during that time. His absence leaves freshman Devin Wilson as the team’s lone point guard.

The Charlotte native is the third member of former Coach Seth Greenberg’s final recruiting class to leave Virginia Tech — Dorian Finney-Smith (Florida) and Robert Brown (UAB) both transferred — since Johnson took over the program following the 2011-12 season. Only forward C.J. Barksdale remains on the roster.

Virginia Tech (7-4) faces UNC Greensboro on Saturday.

Mark Giannotto is a Montgomery County native who covers high school sports for The Washington Post. He previously covered Virginia and Virginia Tech football for five years.



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