Auburn has received a commitment from Houston graduate transfer guard Ronnie Johnson, according to a report from ESPN’s Jeff Borzello. He will be immediately eligible to play.
The 6-foot, 180-pound guard averaged 9.4 points on 40.4 percent shooting, 2.9 assists and 2.6 rebounds for the Cougars last season. Johnson transferred to Houston from Purdue after the 2013-14 season, during which he averaged 10.8 points and 28.2 minutes per game. Johnson told Borzello that coach Bruce Pearl was a big reason he chose the Tigers.
“(Pearl) is a great coach who knows the game and is just as competitive as I am,” Johnson told Borzello. (It’s) exactly what I want.”
The Tigers hope Johnson can add some scoring punch to their backcourt after leading scorer Kareem Canty went pro after being suspended indefinitely from the team in February. Auburn ranked 11th in the SEC with an average of 70.7 points per game in 2015-16.