Chris Clarke, who led the Virginia Tech men’s basketball team in rebounding last season, has been indefinitely suspended from the squad.
The Virginia Tech athletic department announced the news Wednesday but did not give a reason for the suspension.
He was no longer listed on the team’s roster on the athletic department’s website Wednesday.
Just last week, Clarke was part of Tech’s delegation at ACC media day in North Carolina.
Clarke’s suspension is a blow to the Hokies, who are ranked No. 15 in the Associated Press preseason Top 25 poll.
The 6-foot-6, 210-pound senior forward averaged 8.2 points and a team-high 6.3 rebounds off the bench last season, when the Hokies made the NCAA tournament.
He had 12 points and 14 rebounds in a win at Notre Dame last season. He had eight points and eight rebounds in a win over North Carolina, and had seven points and six rebounds in a win over Virginia. He scored the final six points of the game in a comeback win over Duke.
“He’s easily the best rebounder on our team,” Tech coach Buzz Williams said last January after the win at Notre Dame.
Clarke ranked second on the team in both assists (98) and steals (31) last season. He ranked sixth on the team with an average of 24.6 minutes. He was a likely starter this season.
Clarke started for the Hokies two seasons ago, when he averaged 11.4 points and 7.3 rebounds before suffering a torn ACL in February 2017. Ty Outlaw replaced him in the starting lineup after Clarke was hurt that season and emerged as a 3-point ace during the team’s run to the 2017 NCAAs.
Outlaw missed last season with a torn ACL but is back in action this season.
Tech will visit Liberty in an exhibition game Sunday before opening the season Nov. 9 against visiting Gardner-Webb.
Tech will play in the Charleston Classic in two weeks. The Hokies could face 2018 NCAA Tournament participant Alabama on the second day of that tournament, and could face nationally ranked Purdue on the final day.