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Virginia Tech Hokies Dealt Blow As Freshman Donte Clark Denied Admission By University

JD Mercer-USA Today Sports

The Virginia Tech Hokies got off to a quick start last season, but the squad faltered down the stretch despite the undeniable production of star guard, Erick Green.

Green, who was a second round selection in last week’s NBA Draft, led the nation in scoring, so the Hokies and second year head coach James Johnson are facing the monumental task of replacing over 25 points per game from this past season. Among those that are in the running to replace Green include Marquis Rankin and incoming freshmen Devin Wilson and Malik Mueller. Another name that was expected to be in that back court mix was Donte Clark.

According to a report the Roanoke Times however, Clark has failed to qualify academically with the university and he has been denied admission by the school. The news drops the Hokies down to 12 scholarship players for the 2013-14 season and it’s a difficult blow for Virginia Tech and their depth in the back court.

Clark, who stands at 6-foot-4, is more suited at the wing position, so he wasn’t expected to replace Green at the point guard position literally. However, he could have had the opportunity to see some minutes and be thrown into the mix in terms of replacing that type of production from a season ago.

Clark is an original native of Charlotte, North Carolina, but he attended Hargrave Military Academy (VA) before committing to the Hokies last September. Clark was originally one of six incoming freshman, but that group has now been dwindled down to five with this latest news.

 

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