According to a Twitter report by Mark Giannotto of The Washington Post, Robert Brown has decided to transfer.
Giannotto spoke with Brown’s father, who confirmed that his son requested his release from his scholarship. He is expected to transfer to a school closer to home. Brown is originally from Clermont, FL, which is just west of Orlando.
Brown was a top 100 recruit out of high school. He showed promise as a freshman in 2011-12, averaging 6.8 points per game off the bench. He ended the season with a 16 point performance against Duke in the ACC Tournament, and he also got off to a hot start in his sophomore season. Brown scored 18 points against Iowa, another 18 against Oklahoma State, and 21 against West Virginia. Then his production dropped off the cliff.
From January through the end of the season, Brown was just 10-of-52 from three-point range, and had eight games where he scored four or fewer points. He was only 3-of-14 from the field in his final three games as a Hokie.
Assuming that this transfer becomes official, UNC-Wilmington transfer Adam Smith , a rising r-sophomore, will become the frontrunner to start at shooting guard for the Hokies next season. Smith averaged 13.7 points per game as a true freshman two years ago. He had 32 points against Wake Forest and 23 against Maryland.