Auburn basketball’s transfer train under Bruce Pearl keeps rolling, as the Tigers added a Division I pickup who has a close tie to one of their current players Wednesday.
Memphis combo guard Jamal Johnson committed to transfer to Auburn on Wednesday during an official visit. The news was first reported by Evan Daniels of 247Sports.
Johnson tweeted confirmation of his decision Wednesday morning:
— Jamal Johnson (@_jamaljohnson) May 16, 2018
Johnson will sit out the 2018-19 season and will have three years of eligibility remaining. He averaged 6.9 points, 3.3 rebounds and 1.0 assist per game as a freshman at Memphis last season.
“I feel like it’s home for me,” Johnson told Daniels. “I think I fit well in this program. Coach Pearl and this staff warmed up to me. I feel like I belong here. I feel like is right for me.
“Just talking to coach Pearl and the staff and talking to the team and just touring the campus and seeing all of it. I just feel at home here. This campus is amazing and the team is amazing. I just got a great feel.”
Johnson is from Spain Park, Ala. — and he played high school basketball with Auburn center Austin Wiley, who is currently participating in the 2018 NBA Draft Combine.
The 6-foot-4 Johnson was rated as a 3-star prospect out of high school and was the No. 5 overall player in the state of Alabama. According to Daniels, Johnson was also considering Middle Tennessee, UAB, UNC Charlotte and Louisiana Tech as transfer possibilities.
Johnson is the first incoming transfer for Pearl this offseason. The Tigers lost point guard Davion Mitchell and forward Desean Murray to transfer earlier this year. They will add former VCU wing Samir Doughty to its active roster this season after he sat out the 2017-18 season due to transfer rules.