Seton Hall interested in Houston’s Ronnie Johnson

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Immediately eligible Houston transfer Ronnie Johnson has emerged as another guard on Seton Hall’s transfer radar.

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.

  • Some recruiting news from earlier today:

    https://twitter.com/ChrisSHUhoops/status/719871318049603586

  • Some recruiting news from earlier today. Started hooping in 8th grade. Philly kid. Was at Wichita State game

    https://twitter.com/PatLawless_/status/719869453148819456

  • VinBick

    It is difficult to get even a bit excited about transfers until the player commits. Always so much speculation that never materializes for so many different circumstances.

    Two or three ships that seem to have been poor choices come to mind, too. Thomas, Anderson,and Soffer seem to have little to offer going forward. Will these three be on the team next season? Thomas may be a head case that is a drag on an improving program. The other two showed little on the court. Soffer did not get any playing time even though he was signed as a “big time outside shooter”.

    • I think JT offers plenty on the court, but of course its off the court that keeps getting him in trouble. At least one of the three won’t be in South Orange next season.