Blog Entry

UVA's James Johnson transfers to San Diego State

Posted on: January 12, 2012 1:37 pm
Edited on: January 12, 2012 1:37 pm
 

By Jeff Borzello

James Johnson left the city of San Diego to attend Virginia for a year and half – and now he’s coming back to California.

On Thursday, Johnson announced he was transferring to San Diego State.

“I wanted to come to a place where I could grow my game and grow as a person,” Johnson told the San Diego Union-Tribune. 

The 6-foot-10 sophomore big man left the Cavaliers in December, and visited San Diego State on Tuesday. During his time in Charlottesville, Johnson appeared in only six games for Tony Bennett’s club. He redshirted his freshman season to develop his game and then was stuck behind Mike Scott and Akil Mitchell on the depth chart this season.

Johnson was a top-100 player out of high school, developing most of his basketball skills during the nine years he spent in Canada. He chose Virginia over California, Arizona and Oklahoma.

Johnson will be able to play after the fall semester next season for the Aztecs. Steve Fisher has done a great job with transfers recently, with Garrett Green, James Rahon and Xavier Thames all contributing this season. Johnson and St. John’s transfer Dwayne Polee will enter the fold next year.

Comments

Since: May 10, 2008
Posted on: January 13, 2012 12:54 pm
 

UVA's James Johnson transfers to San Diego State

I chatted with Coach Fisher at a SDSU charity event in the middle of last season (the one at La Valencia if any of you were there...) where we were on a roll. I asked him how a succesful year like we were having helps in recruiting the next year. He said you don't see the success of recruiting after a banner year until the recruits that would come in a year later, as all the "good" players had already committed to go places priort to State's great year last year. This transfer, plus the others, and the new recruits is exactly what Fisher was talking about. The fact we can bridge the gap by starting out 14-2 right now is perfect and sets the tone for SDSU to be the west coast BB magnet.



Since: Mar 19, 2008
Posted on: January 13, 2012 9:08 am
 

UVA's James Johnson transfers to San Diego State

Looks like UVA is doing just fine without him so hopefully it works out for him.



Since: Sep 2, 2007
Posted on: January 12, 2012 11:21 pm
 

UVA's James Johnson transfers to San Diego State

Congrats...you guys got a guy who didnt want to put in the work to get on the court at UVA.



Since: Aug 30, 2006
Posted on: January 12, 2012 10:23 pm
 

UVA's James Johnson transfers to San Diego State

This is good! Welcome Back J Johnson...   If Fisher keeps a way of getting ranked,  which can only help the Aztecs future prospects.. and with next years scholarship players playing... As long as they can get a couple of good rebounders.. Aztecs could be like they were last year!!  This year we are a lil sloppy on the rebound department, and i hope it doesnt show up to bad now that conference play is starting!!  Cant wait till Sat vs UNLV.....



Since: Aug 20, 2009
Posted on: January 12, 2012 10:11 pm
 

UVA's James Johnson transfers to San Diego State

Fisher is one of the best transfer coaches out there. San Diego St and UNLV are now the dominant teams on the West Coast.



Since: Sep 10, 2007
Posted on: January 12, 2012 9:06 pm
 

UVA's James Johnson transfers to San Diego State

This is another nice pick up for the Aztecs. Coach Fischer has proven that even if he loses 4 senior starters he can build a team and coach them into the top 25 the very next year. It also helps that SDSU has been one of the best teams on the west coast for a few years now.




Since: Dec 13, 2010
Posted on: January 12, 2012 7:22 pm
 

UVA's James Johnson transfers to San Diego State

Fish does have Shrigley and Spencer coming in as frosh next year.  The last schollie could go either way, another frosh or yet another transfer.



Since: Nov 5, 2007
Posted on: January 12, 2012 4:14 pm
 

UVA's James Johnson transfers to San Diego State

Coach Fisher may not be able to recruit the high school talent, but he sure can rebound!!


The views expressed in this blog are solely those of the author and do not reflect the views of CBS Sports or CBSSports.com