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VCU transfer Justin Tuoyo lands at Chattanooga

Atlantic 10 Basketball Tournament - Semifinals - Virginia  v Massachusetts

NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 16: Justin Tuoyo #31 of the Virginia Commonweath Rams puts up a shot past Maxie Esho #1 of the Massachusetts Minutemen in the first half during the Atlantic 10 Basketball Tournament - Semifinals at the Barclays Center on March 16, 2013 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Jason Szenes/Getty Images)

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Justin Tuoyo’s next stop is with a familiar face.

The sophomore-to-be will be transferring to Chattanooga, where he will be reunited with Will Wade, who took over for with the Mocs after spending the past four seasons on Shaka Smart’s staff at VCU.

The 6-9 Tuoyo averaged 1.1 points and 1.4 rebounds in his lone season with the Rams, and had a hard time collecting consistent minutes. He’s a Hampton, Ga. native.

“We are really excited about Justin,” Wade said. “He is a critical piece to a winning program. I have coached him for a year. He is long and athletic, and I have known him and his family for over three years. He is from right down the road in Georgia, just on the south side of Atlanta in Clayton County. He will be a great resource for our guys here now because he’s been through it all. I think he will be a critical piece for us because he knows exactly what I want, he knows what I am about and he knows exactly what our system is about. I was very thankful that he wanted to come to Chattanooga. He has never stepped foot on this campus. His first day of school will be his first day on campus.”

Tuoyo joins Anthonee Doyle as the signees for Wade’s first recruiting class at Chattanooga.

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