Head coach Mike Young continues to reconstruct the Virginia Tech basketball team this offseason by acquiring grad transfer Branden Johnson from Alabama State. Johnson will have two years of immediate eligibility to play for the Hokies.
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
The 6’8” forward put up 4.3 points and 3.7 rebounds a game last season at Alabama State. Johnson is a strong shooter that can hit 62.4% from the field. He has 31 games under his belt and has experience as a starting player.
Johnson will help provide depth to his position and will likely come off the bench to sub-in for P.J. Horne. No word of Kerry Blackshear Jr.’s future plans have surfaced, but Johnson could find himself helping to fill Blackshear’s role if he departs or back him up if he decides to return.
Johnson joins Keve Aluma as the second mid-major player to transfer to Virginia Tech this offseason, and Young will have to prepare the two to face some of college basketball’s biggest names.