Backcourt help is on the way for Mike Woodson and company
Mike Woodson’s plan to shore up Indiana’s backcourt gained traction on Wednesday with a transfer commitment from former Pitt point guard Xavier Johnson.
In Johnson, the Hoosiers are getting one of the best distributors in the Atlantic Coast Conference last season. The 6-foot-3 Virginia native ranked second in the ACC with 5.7 assists per game, while his assist rate of 42.4% led all players among power six programs.
Johnson, who left Pitt’s program on Feb. 24, also averaged 14.2 points per game while shooting 50% from inside the arc and 32% from 3-point range this past season. He’s two years removed from setting Pitt program records for scoring (15.5 ppg), double-figure games (28), games with 15 or more points (17), 20-point games (nine), free throws made (157), free throw attempts (209) and field goal attempts (383). That season, he earned ACC All-Freshman honors alongside Duke’s Zion Williamson, RJ Barrett and Tre Jones, and North Carolina’s Coby White.
Johnson chose IU over interest from Baylor, Houston and St. Joseph’s.
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