CBS Sports is reporting that the 6-foot-3 sophomore guard will be joining Frank Martin at South Carolina, but obviously due to NCAA transfer regulations, will not be eligible to play until December 2013 at the earliest.
The Plainfield, New Jersey native appeared in 32 games during his freshman year at Villanova, averaging 3.3 points and 2 assists in 17 minutes per game off the bench. After seeing both Dominic Cheeks and Maalik Wayns play their final season in the Wildcats backcourt, it was thought that Johnson could be an integral part of Wright’s plans this season, but with freshman Ryan Arcidiacono and Wake Forest transfer Tony Chennault joining the rotation this season, Johnson felt he had a better chance at shining at a different program.
In his first year at the helm, Martin has seemingly turned the Gamecocks around. South Carolina is sitting at 8-3, and although conference play is never easy for them in the SEC, this could be a different team next season with newcomers like Johnson, as well as well-touted recruits Sindarius Thornwell and Desmond Ringer. With impressive freshman Michael Carrera and junior Brenton Williams also expected to return for next season, we could see Johnson really make an impact with his new team.
Johnson will be a welcome addition, as long as he can handle his coaches death stares when he makes mistakes. Time will tell.
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