Alabama State's Branden Johnson Will Transfer to Virginia Tech

By: Tim Thomas | @TimThomasTLP | May 27, 2019
Virginia Tech added their first grad transfer of the Mike Young era with a commitment from Alabama State big man Branden Johnson. Johnson has one year of eligibility remaining after averaging 4.3 points and 3.7 rebounds in 16.9 minutes per game while shooting 62.4% from the field for Alabama State. Johnson's best season came in 2017-18 when he averaged 7.7 points, 6.8 rebounds, and 1.5 blocks in 24.3 minutes per game while shooting 64.2% from the field. The 6'8'' big man gives the Hokies a much-needed security blanket in the frontcourt with Kerry Blackshear's remaining up in the air and it being unclear whether Wofford transfer Keve Aluma could receive a waiver to play immediately next season. Having a veteran presence like Johnson along with Aluma should be good for frontcourt development and long-term depth especially if the Hokies can add a 2019 big man like three-star recruits John Ojiako, Rodney Howard, or Charles Coleman. Adding Johnson not only helps the Hokies fill out the roster but also provides some roster balance in terms of class with Johnson giving the Hokies a senior which should provide more scholarship balance for recruiting in the future. Additionally, Johnson's past injury history makes you wonder if the possibility of receiving a sixth year could be on the table.

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