Sources told A10Report.com that Avila, a six-foot-seven forward, chose to further his basketball career with the Spiders.
Per NCAA regulations, he will sit out the 2012-13 season, and have two years of eligibility remaining.
Avila averaged 15.9 points and 7.2 rebounds per game for a mediocre Midshipmen team, and eventually withdrew from the Naval Academy after being removed from the team for unspecified reasons.
This is the first time in Chris Mooney's tenure that a transfer has made his way to Richmond.
The Spiders have a plethora of young talent, and adding Avila may be a great piece not only from a scoring perspective, but also from a leadership standpoint.
"It's a very good academic school, which is on top of my list; the coaching staff was great, and the team seemed like a bunch of good guys," Avila told the Richmond Times-Dispatch. "I like the style of play, and I think I can fit in pretty well. I feel like I've made some good friends with my teammates already."
He will offer a unique inside-outside ability for the Spiders starting in 2013-14.