Nigel Johnson, one of five players to leave the Kansas State program this year, has landed at Rutgers University according to Marcus Helton of DMVelite.com.
Sophomore guard Nigel Johnson has committed to Rutgers. Kansas State transfer will sit and have 2 years of eligibility. @TakingFlight_23
— Marcus Helton (@MarcusHelton) April 21, 2015
Johnson, who saw time at both point and shooting guard, played in 32 games during the 2014-15 season, but started only seven according to K-State’s website. He averaged 5.2 points per game, but scored a season-high 20 in a Feb. 23 victory against Kansas and poured in 17 five days later in a win against another ranked conference foe, Iowa State. He also chipped in 1.7 assists per game.
Johnson, whose father Sidney is a former NFL defensive back, will have to sit out a year before he is eligible to play and will be a junior when he first sees action on the court during the 2016-17 season.
Seven current freshman will be juniors along with the newcomer Johnson that year. Mike Williams led that group in scoring this season at just 6.3 points per game.
Johnson, a native of Ashburn, Va., was third on the team in three-pointers made, steals and assists. He left a Wildcat program that has been decimated by three transfers and two dismissals in head coach Bruce Weber’s third season.
Leading scorer Marcus Foster was among the five. He announced last week he will be transferring to Creighton.
Here is an interview with Johnson complete with high school highlights just after he joined the Wildcats.
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