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Virginia Tech Picks Up Second Transfer Commitment from Tyler Nickel

By Nels Williams | March 30
Tyler Nickel
Tyler Nickel will fit in nicely with Mike Young's system. (

Tyler Nickel has transferred from North Carolina to Virginia Tech, it was announced Thursday.

Nickel, a freshman, was nearly a Hokie this season before the Tar Heels scooped him up on the recruiting trail with a late offer and late visit.

While playing under Tar Heels head coach Hubert Davis last year, the Elkton, Va., native only averaged roughly six minutes per game, and totaled an average of 2.1 points, .6 rebounds, and .3 assists per game.

When Nickel played against Virginia Tech in early December, he was on the floor for a season-high 25 minutes, netting eight points and two rebounds.

Prior to enrolling at North Carolina, Nickel became known for becoming the all-time leading scorer in Virginia High School League history with 2,909 points in 102 games at East Rockingham High School. The 2022 Virginia Player of the Year also set the record for most points in a freshman season (662) and sophomore season (902).

Nickel is now the second transfer to commit to come to Blacksburg. Nickel joins Mekhi Long from Old Dominion. Nickel has four years of eligibility left -- his sophomore, junior, and senior year -- as well as a red-shirt year, if needed.