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Dorian Finney-Smith keeps the transfer train moving

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We're into May, and the college basketball transfer news continues to pour in.

The latest casualty is Dorian Finney-Smith, now formerly of Virginia Tech, who sources say intends to transfer from Blacksburg and leave the Hokies without what many have called the program's top recruit since Dell Curry.

Finney-Smith, a local product who was a consensus top 30 player coming out of high school but struggled at times during his freshman season, reportedly had been seriously considering transferring since January. A lack of comfort with the school coupled with a dislike with the program's basketball philosophy means he'll look to take his talents elsewhere after sitting out next season.

That has to make fans feel great.

The move is a huge blow to Virginia Tech, and if they tell you otherwise, they're not looking at the potential of this kid.

With fans already fretting over potentially losing top 100 recruit Montrezl Harrell from the class of 2012, it's natural for many to question the firing of Seth Greenberg, along with replacing him with his assistant James Johnson. Greenberg, while not exactly a people person, was a sound Xs and Os coach, and had recruited for next season to make Virginia Tech a contender in the ACC.

With Duke looking like a fringe top 15 team at best, North Carolina needing role players to turn in to go-to guys, Florida State going through significant roster turnover, Maryland losing Terrell Stoglin and NC State being forced to "prove it" as favorites, 2012-2013 would be an excellent opportunity for Virgiina Tech to, well, make the NCAA Tournament and finish in the top four in the league.

But it's probably all for naught.

Under a new coach with limited weapons, what could have been an optimistic pre-season has now quickly shifted back to talk of rebuilding.

So what's next for Finney-Smith?

Because Florida was one of three finalists before he chose Virginia Tech, it's likely Gainesville is the most intriguing (but currently not necessarily likely) destination.

Wherever he goes, Finney-Smith adds to the growing trend of more and more young basketball players giving up on their first college choice and assuming greener pastures await.