Pittsburgh transfer Xavier Johnson announced his commitment to Indiana on Wednesday, and his addition should give Mike Woodson and the Hoosiers a big backcourt boost next season.
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Originally from Woodbridge, Virginia, Johnson was considered the 30th best available transfer or high school player on the market, according to Sam Vecenie of The Athletic.
According to Vecenie, Johnson is “a tough guard out of the DMV area, and many big teams can use a starting guard like him because of his ability to get separation and make games for himself and teammates.”
Johnson was recruited by Indiana associate head coach Kenya Hunter when he was in Nebraska, but eventually decided to sign with Pittsburgh. Johnson originally committed to Nebraska, but chose to reopen the recruiting process when Hunter traveled to UConn in the spring of 2018. The pre-existing relationship between Johnson and Hunter paid off for the Hoosiers, who now have another backcourt piece in the fold for the 2021-22 season .
A product of Bishop O’Connell High School, Johnson was rated as the No. 232 player nationally out of high school by 247Composite.
As a rookie at Pitt, he averaged a career-high 15.5 points. He made 81 career starts for the Panthers, averaging 13.7 points on 40.2 percent shooting. He is a career of 33.6 percent 3-point shooter.
Last season, Johnson ranked fourth in the country in assist rate, according to KenPom.com. Johnson’s assist rate was 42.4 percent. In ACC games, he had the highest assist rate at the conference at 41.5 percent.
Johnson is considered a combination guard, so Woodson should be able to put him in more positions in the backcourt.
Indiana still has more players in the transfer portal from Wednesday afternoon. Race Thompson and Armaan Franklin remain in the portal, while Parker Stewart, Khristian Lander and Jordan Geronimo have chosen to withdraw from the portal and return to Bloomington.
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