Robert Brown played in every game for Virginia Tech last season. (Chuck Burton/AP)

In that regard, Johnson finally got some good news this week.

Virginia Tech announced Thursday that shooting guard Robert Brown has been medically cleared to resume all basketball-related activities after undergoing surgery to repair a broken bone in his left foot suffered during offseason workouts in July.

Brown, a sophomore who appeared in every game last season, had been sidelined for all of the Hokies’ informal practices the past 12 weeks while recovering from the procedure. He averaged 6.8 points, 1.9 assists and 2.1 rebounds per game last season

“Robert is a key part of what we’re trying to do this year. He gives us another scorer in the backcourt,” Johnson said in a statement. “It will take some time for him to get up to speed as far as conditioning, but he has been doing some things on the side the last couple of weeks to prepare.

“He can go live now. This is a very good time to get him cleared, as we begin practice on Friday. He’ll come in the first day of practice and not miss a beat.”