Gamecock Basketball: USC lands major transfer in Tyrone Johnson
Frank Martin has already shown his recruiting abilities in a short time as South Carolina's head basketball coach.
He was able to land commitments from top players like Sindarius Thornwell and Marcus Stroman and now he can add a high-profile transfer to the list.
Tyrone Johnson is officially a member of the South Carolina basketball after electing to transfer to Columbia after finishing up the fall semester at Villanova.
Frank Martin tweeted this official welcome to Tyrone Johnson today:
Hey Gamecocks let's give @therealtj3 some love as he is the newest member of the family— Frank Martin (@FrankMartin_SC) January 8, 2013
Johnson will sit out the 2012-2013 season after transferring from Villanova and won't be eligible to suit up for the Gamecocks until the end of the fall semester in the 2013-2014 season.
As a freshman last season, Johnson saw action in all 32 games for Villanova, making nine starts. He averaged 3.3 points, 1.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 17.7 minutes of playing time. His 65 assists were second on the team to Maalik Wayns.
Johnson's abilities on the court allow him to be a threat from both the point guard and shooting guard position. He stands 6-3 and weighs 185-pounds. His combo skills at the guard positions allow him to create and make plays.
The interesting thing here is the connection with Johnson and the Gamecocks' program. Johnson played at Montrose Christian, which is the home of freshman Michael Carrera. It's said that the connection there with those two players and Martin's ability to recruit played a big role in landing Johnson as a member of the Gamecocks.
Johnson was a four-star recruit out of high school and was the No. 11 ranked point guard in the 2011 class. Johnson will be a sophomore next season and have two years of eligibility left to play after the 2013-2014 season.