Pittsburgh Panthers PG Xavier Johnson enters school basketball switch portal in stunning exit

PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh Panthers junior level guard Xavier Johnson is transferring.

The college made the shock announcement Wednesday. Head males’s basketball coach Jeff Capel stated in an announcement “it was in everybody’s finest pursuits that we half methods.”

Johnson will enter the switch portal instantly. The transfer ends an eventful three-year run with the Panthers for Johnson, who averaged 14.2 factors in 81 profession video games, 78 begins.

Johnson, from Woodbridge, Virginia, arrived shortly after Capel was employed within the spring of 2018 and made the All-Atlantic Coast Convention freshman crew in 2018-19. He leaves ranked 30th on the varsity’s profession factors checklist (1,152).

Johnson has been one of many program’s few constants throughout Capel’s tenure as he makes an attempt to rebuild the Panthers after a troublesome run beneath Kevin Stallings. Though it is unclear what led to the choice, Johnson was requested to come back off the bench moderately than begin twice this month, together with a 32-point efficiency as a reserve in an upset victory over Virginia Tech on Feb. 3.

The Panthers (9-9 general, 5-Eight ACC) have struggled of late, dropping seven of eight after a win over Duke on Jan. 19. Pitt will go to NC State on Sunday.

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