The Virginia Cavaliers and basketball coach Tony Bennett received some big news on Sunday with word that Alabama forward Braxton Key has announced his commitment.
According to ESPN’s Jeff Goodman, Key announced he’d transfer to Virginia on Sunday morning. He’ll sit for a year and have two seasons of eligibility remaining.
Key averaged 12 points, 5.7 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game as a freshman at Alabama, but saw his minutes decline as a sophomore and averaged 7 points, 5.3 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game. He was recruited by Bennett and his staff out of high school, but wound up at Alabama after the Cavs took De’Andre Hunter’s commitment.
Key is the nephew of Virginia legend Ralph Sampson and is close friends with Cavaliers guard Kyle Guy. With Hunter likely bound for the NBA after next season, Key could be a starter in his first season of eligibility.
Key went to Oak Hill Academy in Virginia and was a 4-star recruit out of high school.