When Virginia Tech hired Coach James Johnson to replace Seth Greenberg last May, it hoped he would stabilize a men’s basketball program that has dealt with an increasing amount of attrition in recent years. But after watching forward Dorian Finney-Smith transfer to Florida and top recruit Montrezl Harrell renege on his commitment and go to Louisville last offseason, Johnson received some more sobering news last week.
Virginia Tech sophomore Robert Brown has notified Virginia Tech that he will transfer to a program closer to his home town of Clermont, Fla., his father said Tuesday. Brown, whom Johnson personally recruited while an assistant under Greenberg, simply wasn’t happy in Blacksburg, Va., anymore.
“Robert wants to be closer to home, and over the course of the year, that was something we were really talking about,” Robert Brown Sr. said. “He had a lot on his mind and he said, ‘I just really want to go home or closer to home.’ We’re a close-knit family and we really haven’t been able to see him other than on quick visits and whenever he came to Florida. I think it’ll be a good change of scenery.”