Tech men’s basketball brings in Iowa transfer

Photo courtesy of VT Athletics – Transfer forward Cordell Pemsl adds depth to the Hokies frontcourt.


Virginia Tech head men’s basketball coach Mike Young has announced the signing of grad transfer Cordell Pemsl.

Pemsl, a 6-foot-9 forward from Iowa, has one season of eligibility remaining and will be able to play
right away for the Hokies in 2020-21. A three-year letterwinner for the Hawkeyes, Pemsl pulled down 14 rebounds in Cassell Coliseum in 2017 in the ACC/B1G Challenge.

“Cordell’s addition gives us immediate size in the frontcourt, which we have certainly needed,” Young said. “He brings a level of skill and understanding of the game that we are really excited about. We are really looking forward to getting back on the floor and couldn’t be happier that Cordell is a part of it.”

Pemsl played in 96 games at Iowa, starting 14 of them. He averaged 2.8 points, 3.2 recounds and 1.2 assists this past season. In the 2016-17 season, he shot 61.7 percent from the floor, second all-time in the Hawkeye record books. He has pulled down more than 400 rebounds and scored more than 550 points in his career.


Pemsl played what was arguably the best game of his college career at Cassell Coliseum, when he scored six points and hauled in a career-high 14 rebounds, including seven offensive boards.

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