For the third time this offseason, a University of Virginia Men’s Basketball player has announced that he will enter the transfer portal. Second-year forward Justin McKoy announced his plan to leave Charlottesville Tuesday afternoon via his social media channels:
Nothing but love and respect! I am ready to pursue new opportunities!! pic.twitter.com/ASDNXbjsMA
— Justin McKoy (@justintmckoy) March 30, 2021
Typically, players that plan to transfer schools must wait a full year before becoming eligible to play for their new team. However, due to the Coronavirus, the NCAA has granted every student athlete a one time waiver, allowing immediate eligibility to players who have decided to transfer to new schools.
When McKoy committed to UVA, he was the 10th best prospect coming out of North Carolina and was regarded as a three-star prospect. In his sophomore season in Charlottesville, McKoy averaged 3.5 points and 3.3 rebounds.
With this announcement, Justin McKoy joins teammates Casey Morsell and Jabri Abdur-Rahim in deciding to transfer away from Tony Bennett and the Cavaliers. While all three came to UVA with high expectations, Cavalier fans were unable to see these players reach their full potential while in the Orange and White.
For a 2021 season that ended with an upset at the hands of the Ohio Bobcats, the 2021 offseason has gotten off to a similarly disappointing start.