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Alabama Transfer Braxton Key Announces Transfer Decision

Fans of the Alabama Crimson Tide cheer for their basketball team.

TUSCALOOSA, AL - JANUARY 27: Fans of the Alabama Crimson Tide cheer for their team during their game against the Oklahoma Sooners at Coleman Coliseum on January 27, 2018 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Michael Chang/Getty Images)

Alabama four-star forward Braxton Key has made his transfer decision. The former Crimson Tide SF is headed to the ACC.

Key, a 6-foot-8 sophomore with two years of eligibility remaining, has committed to Virginia. ESPN's Jeff Goodman broke the news of his commitment.

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

Key will have to sit out the 2018-19 season. He'll then have two years of eligibility remaining.

The former four-star recruit played in high school at Oak Hill Academy in Virginia.

"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 added to ESPN. "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."

Key looked extremely promising as a freshman for the Crimson Tide. He averaged 12 points and 5.7 rebounds a game. Key averaged 7 points and 5.3 rebounds a game as a sophomore after missing the beginning of the season due to knee surgery.

This is a big pickup for Tony Bennett's program. Key should be a major contributor in 2019-20.