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Pitt Transfer Xavier Johnson Commits to Indiana

NCAA Basketball: N.C. State at Pittsburgh Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

After several transfers out the Hoosiers picked up a transfer of there own this week with the news that Pitt transfer Xavier Johnson was committing to the program.

Johnson was a three year starter for the Panthers, averaging 13.7 points throughout his career. In 2020-21 he averaged 14.2 points, 5.7 assists and 3.4 rebounds per game while shooting 32.1% from three.

The guard originally committed to Nebraska before reopening his recruiting process and signing with Pittsburgh. Part of that stemmed from associate head coach Kenya Hunter leaving Nebraska for Connecticut. With Hunter now at Indiana, that likely paved the way for Johnson coming to Bloomington. The 6’3” guard chose the Hoosiers over other schools including Baylor, Houston and St. Joseph’s.

The combo guard had one of the highest assist rates in the country and the Hoosiers will likely want to keep the ball in his hands. The one potential knock on the addition of Johnson is he’s never been a standout three point shooter, something Indiana has lacked the past several years and a key weakness for the team.