Braxton Key was considered Alabama’s best player two years ago. He even announced that he would test the NBA draft waters — without hiring an agent — before deciding to return to Tuscaloosa for a second season.
But after an influx of talent was added to the roster prior to last season, the 6-foot-8, 225-pound forward was lost in the mix during Year 2.
That up-and-down year led to Key deciding to leave Tuscaloosa. Since announcing that he would transfer, people have been curious as to where he would finish his collegiate career. Well, it looks like he’s finally decided. He’s off to Virginia.
Alabama transfer Braxton Key tells me that he has committed to Virginia.
— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) May 6, 2018
Key helped Alabama get to the second round of the NCAA Tournament this past season. Now, he’ll be joining a team that was the top overall seed. Virginia did become the first No. 1 seed to ever get upset by a No. 16 seed, however.
Still, there’s no doubt that Key will be a valuable addition to the Cavaliers’ roster. He averaged 7.0 points, 5.3 rebounds and 1.8 assists for the Tide this past season. That was after averaging 12.0 points, 5.7 rebounds and 2.5 assists as a freshman.