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Virginia Adds Former Rutgers Guard Nigel Johnson

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Virginia’s basketball team added a key piece on Saturday in the form of Nigel Johnson. The former Rutgers guard will provide much-needed scoring to the Cavaliers’ squad.


Tony Bennett was able to add some much-needed depth on Saturday when Nigel Johnson announced that he is transferring to Virginia.

The 6-foot-1 Rutgers guard announced via social media that he will finish up his collegiate career with the Cavaliers as a graduate transfer.

Johnson announced two weeks ago that he was leaving the Scarlet Knights, and he visited UVA over the weekend, which led to his decision to return to his home state. It will be his third different college team, as he began his career at Kansas State.

He spent his first two years with the Wildcats, averaging 4.7 points per game as a backup in 62 games. The Ashburn, VA, native was Rutgers’ second-leading scorer this past season, averaging 11.3 points per contest in his only season there after being forced to sit out a year per transfer rules. In this past season’s Big Ten Tournament, the fourth-year junior had consecutive 21-point games.

When all is said and done, Johnson will have played in the Big 12, the Big Ten and in the ACC. He is expected to be immediately eligible to play next season for the Hoos because he is slated to graduate from Rutgers this spring.

Under Bennett, UVA has gone 112-31 and advanced to the NCAA Tournament’s second round or better over the last four seasons, so Johnson is going to an established program with a chance to win. Virginia finished 23-11 and reached the second round of the Big Dance this past season, but Bennett’s squad is losing guard London Perrantes to graduation. It will also have to deal with two transfers, as second-leading scorer Marial Shayok and sophomore forward Jarred Reuter are leaving the program. So the addition of Johnson is big for a team looking to remain an ACC contender.

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