October 25, 2012; Chicago, IL, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions men

Chambers Adds Transfer Guard

Per Alex Kline at TheRecruitScoop.com, Penn State basketball is adding yet another Philly area  product to the roster.  Kline tweeted earlier this evening that now former Pitt combo guard John Johnson has committed to the Lions.  Johnson will enroll in Happy Valley at the start of the Spring semester in January, and be eligible at the conclusion of the Fall 2013 semester next December.  At that point, Johnson will have two and a half years of eligibility left.

November 27, 2011; Pittsburgh,PA, USA: Pittsburgh Panthers guard John Johnson (4) dribbles the ball against the Robert Morris Colonials during the second half at the Petersen Events Center. PITT won 81-71. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USPRESSWIRE

Johnson was a highly sought after recruit in the class of 2011, verbally committing to the Panthers over the likes of Villanova, Notre Dame, Georgia Tech and St. Joe’s.  Last season as a freshman, Johnson appeared in every game for Pitt, averaging just over 14 minutes a night, scoring 4.2 points per game, and shooting 38% from beyond the 3-point arc.  However, after this season’s first game, where Johnson did not play, it was clear he had been passed on the depth chart, and sought his release.

Johnson gives head coach Patrick Chambers additional depth in the backcourt, and another option at the point guard spot as well.  The immediate question will be how Chambers makes room, as PSU currently sits two over the NCAA limit on scholarships for next season.  Tim Frazier’s likely redshirt takes up one spot, and now Johnson’s arrival will take a second.  Speculation centered around Sasa Borovnjak not returning for his final season of eligibility after graduating this spring.  A second player with eligibility still remaining would need to depart the program to get PSU under the limit.

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