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Ryan Johnson To Transfer From Rutgers

The redshirt freshman has opted to transfer from Rutgers.

Jim O'Connor-USA TODAY Sports

On Friday, numerous reports surfaced that Ryan Johnson would be transferring from Rutgers heading into next year.  The move is not necessarily that surprising or impactful for the upcoming season, but it does signify more roster movement for the Scarlet Knights, who are already expecting a lot of changes for next season.  At this point, there does not appear to be any unusual circumstances in the transfer.

Johnson entered the program as a member of the 2014 recruiting class, where he was rated as a 3-star recruit according to the 247Composite.  He came out of Greensboro, North Carolina and was the #12 prospect in the state and the #76 small forward in the class.  During the 2014-15 season, Johnson saw no action and redshirted as the Scarlet Knights went 10-22 overall and 2-16 in the Big Ten.

This is not projected to be a significant loss for the team at this point.  Though he would have been a potential piece on the wing, with the return of Bishop Daniels and Mike Williams and the addition of transfer Omari Grier, the Scarlet Knights appear to have a surprising amount of depth at the two positions considering the difficulties for the team last season and their 10-22 finish.

With Johnson's exit from the program and Grier's commitment, Rutgers now sits at the 13 scholarship limit.  There is still the potential for more movement this summer, but as of now, the Scarlet Knight roster appears to be rounding into form for next season.  It's still a team that will likely struggle, but it should certainly look much different and might be a more balanced roster than it was last season.

All told, it should be an interesting rest of the offseason for Rutgers and to see how the new prospects fit into the lineup and rotation next season.