Former East Lansing High School basketball star and former University of Michigan player Brandon Johns, Jr. (pictured) has decided to play his final season of eligibility at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU).

He made the announcement via his Instagram page on Wednesday night:

“I can’t thank the University of Michigan enough for the best four years someone could ask for.  The relationships and experiences I have had the opportunity to be a part of will never be forgotten.  The next chapter awaits.  #VCU #nevergiveup.”

He announced earlier this month that he was entering the transfer portal after playing four years at Michigan.

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Johns, Jr. struggled offensively in the 2021-22 season, averaging only three points and two rebounds in 31 games played for the Wolverines.  He played in 117 career games at Michigan.  He gets the fifth year of eligibility because of the free COVID-19 year of 2020-21.

Brandon will join former Wolverine teammate, point guard Zeb Jackson, at VCU.  Jackson announced that he was transferring from U-M back in January.

He was one of the best players ever at East Lansing HS, as he finished second in the Hal Schram Mr. Basketball Award in 2018 behind Clarkston HS's Foster Loyer.  Johns led the Trojans to the quarterfinals in Class A in his senior year of 2018 before losing to Holland West Ottawa.

Johns, Jr. is the second player to leave the Wolverines before his eligibility is up.  Guard Devante Jones declared for the NBA Draft right after the season ended.  And head coach Juwan Howard is waiting to see if Hunter Dickinson, Caleb Houstan, or Moussa Diabate will declare for the Draft.  They have until next Sunday night at 11:59pm to declare or not.

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