After several transfers, the Hoosiers managed a transfer of their own this week, with the news that Pitt’s transferor, Xavier Johnson, was committing himself to the program.
Johnson was a three-year starter for the Panthers, averaging 13.7 points over his career. In 2020-21, he averaged 14.2 points, 5.7 assists and 3.4 rebounds per game, while hitting 32.1% on three.
The guard originally committed to Nebraska before reopening his recruiting process and signing with Pittsburgh. Part of this was due to the departure of associate technician Kenya Hunter from Nebraska to Connecticut. With Hunter now in Indiana, it probably paved the way for Johnson to come to Bloomington. The 6’3 guard ”chose Hoosiers over other schools, including Baylor, Houston and St. Joseph’s.
The combo’s owner had one of the highest assistance rates in the country and the Hoosiers will likely want to keep the ball in their hands. The only potential problem with Johnson’s addition is that he was never a three-point sniper, something that Indiana has lacked in recent years and a fundamental weakness for the team.