Keve Aluma officially enters the 2022 NBA Draft, forgoes college eligibility

Keve Aluma officially enters the 2022 NBA Draft, forgoes college eligibility

Virginia Tech’s star forward Keve Aluma took to Twitter on Monday afternoon to announce he is officially entering the 2022 NBA Draft and hiring an agent so he will be forgoing his remaining college eligibility. Aluma had one year of eligibility remaining after Covid granted everyone an extra season but Keve has decided to move on and pursue professional opportunities.

BROOKLYN, NY – MARCH 12: Virginia Tech Hokies forward Keve Aluma (22) reacts after winning the ACC Tournament final college basketball game between the Duke Blue Devils and the Virginia Tech Hokies on March 12, 2022 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York . (Photo: Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire, Getty)

Aluma transferred to Virginia Tech to follow head coach Mike Young and there weren’t many accolades surrounding him as he got limited minutes while at Wofford. Aluma redshirted his first season in Blacksburg to transform his game and will leave Virginia Tech as one of the most decorated players in recent school history. Keve has been instrumental in the Hokies success and was a key player in Virginia Tech getting their first-ever ACC Championship.

Keve averaged 15.8 points, 6.5 rebounds, and 1.9 assists per game this past season while hitting 53.8% of his shots from the floor and 33.3% of his shots from the perimeter. Aluma was named a second-team All-ACC player for the regular season and was named to the first-team All-ACC Tournament Team after winning the title. Keve will likely have to slide to the power forward spot in his professional career but profiles as a player that can work the block or extend out to the perimeter.

In the tweet Aluma shared, “Dear Hokie Nation, First off, I want to thank God for giving me this opportunity. These last three years at Tech have been some of the best years of my life. Being a part of Hokie Nation is something I’ll always be proud of, and to help bring our first ACC championship the way we did was really special. I want to thank Coach Young and the whole staff for believing in me and always pushing me to be better. Virginia Tech basketball is on the rise and has a bright future ahead, I have no doubt about that. Love you, Hokie Nation!”

Without much else to prove on the collegiate stage, this was a move that has been expected. Aluma is being talked about as a potential second-round pick in the upcoming draft and has the chance to join Nickeil Alexander-Walker and Justin Robinson as Hokies in the NBA.

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