Virginia Tech men’s basketball picked up a graduate transfer commitment from 6-8 center Branden Johnson of Alabama State.
Thank you Alabama State for the opportunity and a lifetime of lessons. Montgomery will always have a special place in my heart. I’m ready to represent Virginia Tech in the next chapter of my life! #MyAsu #ThisIsHome #StoneByStone #Hokies pic.twitter.com/Ux2SPp3zE1
— Branden Johnson (@_bama22) May 27, 2019
Johnson averaged 4.3 points and 3.7 rebounds in 2018-19. In 2017-18, he averaged 7.7 points and 6.8 rebounds. He shoots 63.3% from the field for his career, though he’s just a 37.6% free throw shooter, and he’s never made a three-pointer. He is 6-8, though he only weighs 205.
Johnson will be eligible right away, and he’ll have one year of eligibility remaining. With his commitment, the Virginia Tech roster now looks like this…
C Kerry Blackshear, r-Sr. (Transfer portal)
C Branden Johnson, r-Sr.
G Wabissa Bede, Jr. (recently removed his name from the transfer portal)
F PJ Horne, Jr.
F Keve Aluma, Jr. (Wofford transfer, must sit out in 2019-20)
G Isaiah Wilkins, So.
G Jonathan Kabongo, So.
F/G Landers Nolley, r-Fr.
G Hunter Cattoor, Fr.
G Jalen Cone, Fr.
Mike Young will continue to battle to bring in more players for this season, though it remains to be seen who he will be able to land with limited official visits at his disposal.