Rutgers Men’s Basketball Lands Transfer from K-State
By Scott Neaves
Rutgers men’s basketball has added Nigel Johnson, sophomore guard from Kansas State University. Johnson announced via Twitter on April 8 that he was planning to transfer from KSU and according to the Kansas City Star, his decision to commit to Rutgers came on Tuesday, April 21.
After much deliberation, I say farewell. Thank you to my KSU coaches, my teammates, KSU community, to all my fans & supporters. #EMAW
— Nigel Johnson (@TakingFlight_23) April 8, 2015
Officially a Rutgers Scarlet Knight !🔴⚫️🔴⚫️ #CHOPNation
— Nigel Johnson (@TakingFlight_23) April 21, 2015
This addition is good news for the Scarlet Knights at a time where they are losing some key players. Along with seniors Myles Mack and Kadeem Jack, Rutgers is also losing sophomore forward Junior Etou who will transfer after this semester, as announced by Rutgers Athletics.
Mack and Jack carried most of the weight during the 2014-15 season, leaving big holes to fill. Along with them, Etou asserted himself into the starting lineup last season after coming up in big situations for the team, time and time again. He was given his release to transfer in March.
While Johnson adds depth to the Rutgers guard position, this move will have no immediate effect this season since NCAA transfer rules require Johnson to sit next season.
In the meantime, as the Rutgers sports blog “On the Banks” explains, Rutgers is still looking for an impact player who can bring in some immediate scoring help.
Sports Illustrated reported that Johnson is the fourth player to leave Kansas State due to transfer or dismissal from the team this off-season, while KSU is also losing two starting seniors. Johnson’s departure leaves them with only one returning scholarship guard.
“On the Banks” explains that he is already familiar with Rutgers coach Eddie Jordan, having played for Jordan when he was the coach of the DC Assault, a former youth basketball program .
At KSU, Johnson averaged 5.2 points and 1.7 assists as a backup for the Wildcats last season while playing a major role in two important wins, scoring 20 points in a win against Kansas and 17 points in an upset over Iowa State.