BLACKSBURG, Va. -

Virginia Tech guard Marquis Rankin has left the Hokies’ basketball team.

Coach James Johnson made the announcement Friday. Rankin will stay enrolled at Virginia Tech.

“I completely support Marquis on his decision,” Johnson wrote. “He is an outstanding young man who had to make a difficult choice and I know that he took the time to make sure it was the correct decision. While we will miss not having him on the team, I am very happy that he has decided to stay at Virginia Tech and work towards his ultimate goal of a degree from our University.”

Rankin has not dressed for a game this season. During his Virginia Tech career Ranking appeared in 53 games, making 13 starts. He averaged three points and one assist per game in his first two seasons at Virginia Tech.