Second year forward Justin McKoy became the latest player for the Virginia men’s basketball team to enter the transfer portal, joining teammates Casey Morsell and Jabri Abdur-Rahim in the last few days. McKoy announced his decision on Twitter on Tuesday afternoon:
Nothing but love and respect! I am ready to pursue new opportunities!! pic.twitter.com/ASDNXbjsMA— Justin McKoy (@justintmckoy) March 30, 2021
Every ACC school except FSU and Georgia Tech have had at least one player enter the transfer portal this offseason, which was expected on some level following the pandemic-affected 2020-21 season. The NCAA is allowing for a one-time, no sit waiver, meaning players that transfer will not have to sit out the mandatory year previously required before playing.
McKoy started four games and played in 19 in the 2020-21 season, averaging 3.5 points and 3.3 rebounds per game. He was a strong rebounder, especially on the offensive glass. From the field, McKoy shot 48%, and he added a 3-for-9 mark (33%) from three. His best scoring outing of the season came against San Francisco when he put up 11 points, and he added eight points in Virginia’s ACC win over Miami.
Although he only scored four points against Louisville, McKoy was instrumental in the Hoos being able to pull away on the road and secure the ACC regular season title.
With the front court having the most depth this season, McKoy fell in the rotation behind Sam Hauser, Jay Huff, and Trey Murphy. McKoy, a North Carolina native, averaged just over 11 minutes per game this season. His season came to an early end after a positive coronavirus test meant he couldn’t travel with the team to Indianapolis for the NCAA tournament.
Here’s what Virginia’s scholarship breakdown looks like now:
Virginia Men’s Basketball Scholarship Breakdown
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