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.