Virginia Lands Alabama Transfer Braxton Key

6-foot-8 sophomore forward Braxton Key has chosen to play for Tony Bennett and the Virginia Cavaliers, according to ESPN’s Jeff Goodman.

“This entire experience has been extremely humbling,” Key said to ESPN. “In high school during the recruitment process, the things that impacted my decisions were completely different than they are now.”

Key, who is transferring from Alabama, averaged 7 points and 5.3 rebounds this past season after missing the first 10 games following knee surgery and will will sit out this season and then have two remaining in Charlottesville.

“Alabama has taught me so much about my game and also about myself as a person, and I can’t thank Coach Avery [Johnson] enough for the opportunity,” Key said.

“But I am excited about the next chapter at Virginia. I chose Virginia because of the relationship with the coaches since high school. I love how close the team is, and it’s my uncle Ralph Sampson’s alma mater. I’ll miss the Crimson Tide, but I’m so grateful for this next chapter.”


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