Former Pitt Guard Xavier Johnson pledges to Indiana
Xavier Johnson, a transfer from Pittsburgh, was sent to Indiana via an Instagram post on Wednesday afternoon. He’s had Indiana in his last four picks, along with national champion Baylor, Final Four contestants Houston and St. Joseph’s.
Johnson was rated as one of the best transfers available since entering the portal. He’s been a double-digit goalscorer at Pitt for three years, averaging 15.5 points per game as a freshman, 11.7 points in his sophomore year, and 14.2 points as a junior this season.
In addition to scoring this season, the 6-foot-3, 200-pound point guard also led his team with 5.7 assists per game.
Johnson told Eric Bossi of 247Sports that he describes himself as “probably one of the fastest guards in the country”.
Johnson was a McDonald’s All-American at Bishop O’Connell High School in Virginia in 2018. He led Bishop O’Connell to a 30-9 record and 5th place as a senior while averaging 18.4 points, four rebounds and 4.3 assists per game. He finished high school with 1,034 points.
He was elected to the All-ACC Freshman Team in 2018-19 and was one of four players in the ACC who averaged at least 10.0 points, 3.5 rebounds and 4.5 assists per game in the 2019-20 season.
Since Mike Woodson was hired to replace Archie Miller on March 29, he’s been busy keeping the list together. Of the six Indiana players who entered the transfer portal from Miller’s dismissal, Parker Stewart, Khristian Lander and Jordan Geronimo have returned.
Al Durham, who played in Indiana for four years and already has a degree, has decided to move to Providence for another season. The outstanding Indiana players Armaan Franklin and Race Thompson are still in the transfer portal.
The biggest fish in the pond, of course, was second Trayce Jackson-Davis, who has been the team’s top scorer and rebounder for the past two seasons. After walking dead on the NBA after Miller’s release, a meeting with Woodson and his father Ray Jackson changed everything and Jackson-Davis decided to return for his junior year.
Woodson was also busy building his coaching team. He kept Kenya Hunter from Miller’s staff and hired Dane Fife, the former Indiana player and 10-year-old Michigan State assistant coach, on Monday.
Following Johnson’s announcement, Jackson-Davis tweeted, “I think we’re not done yet.”