Mike Young and Virginia Tech are already active on the grad transfer market showing interest in multiple talented players including Columbia's Patrick Tape who has Tech among his current top 3.
Columbia grad transfer Patrick Tape tells me his top three are currently USC, Virginia Tech, and Arizona. 6-10 big man. Averaged 11.3 PPG and 5.9 RPG last season.— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) December 12, 2019
The Hokies are in Tape's current top 3 along with Arizona and USC of the Pac-12. Tape will have a lone year of eligibility at his next school after averaging 11.3 points, 5.9 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 1.3 blocks, and 1.0 steals in only 22.7 minutes per game during the 2018-19 season. Tape was also extremely efficient making 66.5% of his shots while shooting 68.9% from the free-throw line.
Tape has good size at 6'10'' and would give the Hokies another true center to join John Ojiako while also allowing P.J. Horne and Keve Aluma to be used more at the 4 in the future. Landing Tape would help give the Hokies the type of bigger lineups that Hokie fans have been hoping for since the beginning of the Buzz Williams era.
In some ways, the Hokies seem like the on-paper frontrunner for Tape with the potential for him to receive lots of playing time in Blacksburg. Additionally, Tape is a Charlotte, NC native which should be a major advantage for the Hokies compared to Arizona and USC. However, the Wildcats and Trojans have proven to be very good recruiters under Sean Miller and Andy Enfield respectively.
What's clear is Virginia Tech is going to look to the grad transfer market to add some more talent for the 2020-21 season with Patrick Tape emerging as a top target.