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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