Pittsburgh switch Xavier Johnson commits to Indiana


Pittsburgh switch Xavier Johnson introduced his dedication to Indiana on Wednesday and his addition ought to present a significant backcourt enhance for Mike Woodson and the Hoosiers subsequent season.

Johnson, a 6-foot-3, 200-pound guard, averaged 14.2 factors, 5.7 assists and three.4 rebounds final season for the Panthers as a junior.

He selected Indiana over Baylor, Houston and St. Joseph’s.

Initially from Woodbridge, Virginia, Johnson was thought-about the thirtieth finest out there switch or highschool participant in the marketplace in response to Sam Vecenie of The Athletic.

In line with Vecenie, Johnson is “a troublesome guard out of the DMV space, and loads of high-major groups may use a beginning guard like him attributable to his means to get separation and make performs for himself and teammates.”

Johnson was recruited by Indiana affiliate head coach Kenya Hunter when he was at Nebraska, however in the end determined to signal with Pittsburgh. Johnson initially dedicated to Nebraska, however opted to reopen the recruiting course of when Hunter left for UConn within the spring of 2018. That pre-existing relationship between Johnson and Hunter paid off for the Hoosiers, who now have one other backcourt piece within the fold for the 2021-22 season.

A product of Bishop O’Connell Excessive Faculty, Johnson was rated the No. 232 participant nationally out of highschool by the 247Composite.

As a freshman at Pitt, he averaged a career-best 15.5 factors. He made 81 profession begins for the Panthers and averaged 13.7 factors on 40.2 % taking pictures. He’s a profession 33.6 % 3-point shooter.

Final season, Johnson ranked fourth within the nation in help fee, in response to KenPom.com. Johnson’s help fee was 42.4 %. In ACC play, he had the very best help fee within the convention at 41.5 %.

Johnson is taken into account a combo guard, so Woodson ought to have the ability to deploy him at a number of positions within the backcourt.

Indiana nonetheless has a number of gamers within the switch portal as of Wednesday afternoon. Race Thompson and Armaan Franklin stay within the portal whereas Parker Stewart, Khristian Lander and Jordan Geronimo have opted to withdraw from the portal and return to Bloomington.

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