Immediately eligible Houston transfer Ronnie Johnson has emerged as another guard on Seton Hall’s transfer radar.
Houston grad transfer Ronnie Johnson tells ESPN he visited Auburn last weekend. NC State, Seton Hall, Washington, WVU, Georgia St. in mix.
— Jeff Borzello (@jeffborzello) April 12, 2016
Originally a Purdue Boilermaker as a freshman and sophomore, Johnson played in 31 games for Houston (22-10) last season including 13 starts as a point guard; he’s set to graduate next month.
Interestingly, Ronnie’s statistics have slowly declined since his freshman year at Purdue (10.3 ppg, 4.1 apg, 31.2 mpg), culminating in a 9.4 ppg, 2.9 apg and 2.6 rpg stat-line last season that included a 1.8 assist:turnover (87:48) ratio. Johnson is not known as a three-point threat, although he has improved from 17-percent as a freshman to 25-of-67 (37%) last year.
A top-100 recruit coming out of Indianapolis’ North Central High School, Johnson told the Indy Star at the time of his first transfer that Purdue’s system “didn’t fit me very well. There was a lot of subbing and it was hard to get into the flow of the game. I felt like I needed to play through my mistakes like every other guard in the Big Ten was.”
Taking that with a grain of salt, Johnson could potentially have free reign next season depending on the respective futures of Isaiah Whitehead and Kansas State transfer Jevon Thomas. As we’ve seen over the last two seasons, Kevin Willard is more than willing to let his guys play through some mistakes.