Soon after Seth Greenberg was fired and James Johnson was hired, the Virginia Tech basketball team lost the prize piece of its recruiting class -- Hargrave's Montrezl Harrell.
The forward has finally chosen a new destination.
And it's a major upgrade, at least from a basketball standpoint. Harrell will attend Louisville and play for legendary coach Rick Pitino.
The Cardinals are fresh off a trip to the Final Four, the ninth such appearance in program history.
Former Hargrave head coach Kevin Keatts is an assistant on Pitino's staff, though Keatts and Harrell did not overlap in Chatham.
Harrell joins a strong group of returners at Louisville, who should be among the favorites in 2012-13.
Also at Louisville is co-captain Luke Hancock, who is a Hidden Valley grad. Hancock had to sit out the 2011-12 season after transferring from George Mason.