Robert Brown has informed Virginia Tech that he plans to transfer prior to the 2013-2014 season.
Brown, who informed Hokies head coach James Johnson of his decision last week, has decided that the fit was not right in Blacksburg and he wished to be closer to his home in Clermont, Fla.
Last season’s preseason expectations slotted Brown as the second or third offensive option behind Erick Green and possibly Jarell Eddie. Brown met expectations early on by recording double-digit point totals in seven of the first eight games; the Hokies went 7-1 in that span.
His offensive productivity, however, did not carry over into ACC play; he exceeded nine points in just seven of the Hokies final 24 games and he failed to score more than five points in 11 of those games.
Brown’s points-per-game increased from 6.8 his freshman year to 8.3 his sophomore year, however the increase was minimal compared to his increase in playing time.
The sophomore guard will become the latest defection from the Hokies program following the firing of former head coach Seth Greenberg in April of 2012.
Following the hire of Johnson, Dorian Finney-Smith – then a freshman – transferred to the University of Florida and Montrezzl Harrel – then the Hokies’ top commit – backed out from his commitment and signed with the University of Louisville.
Joining the Gators and the Cardinals in this year’s Sweet 16 is another former Hokie, Tyrone Garland, who transferred from Tech to La Salle in 2011 after Marquis Rankin was chosen to fill in for then-injured Erick Green.
Brown’s departure should not surprise many – his demeanor was often questionable on and off the court – nor should it scare them.
Adam Smith, who sat out the 2012-2013 season following his transfer from UNC-Wilmington – where he averaged upwards of 13 points-per-game – will be the frontrunner to take Browns’ spot, but will be challenged by four-star recruit Donte Clark.
Clark is a 6-foot-4-inch, four-star recruit, according to Rivals, coming from Hargrave Military Academy – Brown’s former high school.
Both can be expected to make a significant impact early and often in 2013.