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The rising junior wants to play for a team closer to his family in Florida, if he can find one.
Associated Press | File 2012
Virginia Tech guard Robert Brown (1) started 25 games for the Hokies this season. He ranked third on the team in scoring (8.3 ppg), minutes (27.3 mpg) and assists (66).
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Robert Brown had a trying sophomore season with the Virginia Tech men’s basketball team.
He won’t be back for his junior season.
Virginia Tech coach James Johnson said Tuesday that Brown, a Clermont, Fla., native, has informed him he wants to transfer to a college closer to home.
“This was a surprise,” Johnson said.
Brown started 25 games at off-guard for the Hokies (13-19) this season, when he ranked third on the team in scoring (8.3 ppg) and minutes (27.3 mpg).
But he shot just 27.3 percent from the field in his final 23 games. He scored in double figures in just eight games in that span.
Brown has been away from his home state and his family for three years, including his senior year of high school, which he spent at Hargrave Military Academy in Chatham.
“I know it’s tough for his family, not being able to see a lot of his games,” Johnson said.
Johnson said Brown’s next school might not wind up being any closer to home, but Brown will attempt to fulfill that goal.
“I don’t know if he’ll go back home or not,” Johnson said. “The plan is get back close to home. But he has to find out who has a scholarship available and who wants him. He’ll at least look close to home at first.”
Johnson said he did not want Brown to leave.
“I believe in him,” Johnson said.
Brown shot 33.1 percent from the field this season, including 23.5 percent from 3-point range. He was third on the team in assists (66) but had a team-high 74 turnovers.
In ACC play this season, Brown shot just 29.5 percent from the field and 20.4 percent from 3-point territory.
“He struggled a little bit this year,” Johnson said. “He fought hard. He’s very talented. We’re going to miss him. He was a talented guard who’s able to put the ball on the floor and score. He was up and down this year.”
Would Brown be planning to leave if he had not struggled this year?
“I’m not sure,” Johnson said.
Tech does have other options at off-guard next season, including Marquis Rankin, Adam Smith and three incoming freshmen. Smith sat out this season after transferring from UNC Wilmington.
The last-place Hokies will have an entirely new starting backcourt next season because of the graduation of their point guard and leading scorer, Erick Green.
Brown could not be reached for comment.
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