Pitt’s Xavier Johnson enters transfer portal

Xavier Johnson, one of the top talents in the ACC, has entered the NCAA transfer portal; he won’t finish the season with Pitt basketball.

Johnson appeared in 18 games this season — making 16 starts. The 6-foot-3 point guard averaged 14.2 points per game (42.6 FG%), 5.7 assists and 1.3 steals per game. Johnson ranks No. 7 nationally in assist rate: 41.4 percent.

During his three-year career at Pitt, Johnson played in 84 games (81 starts); he scored 1,152 points and recorded 415 assists.

Johnson arrived at Pittsburgh as the first notable recruiting get for Jeff Capel; previously, Johnson was committed to Nebraska.

After a strong start to the 2020-21 season — eight wins in the first 10 games — Pitt has struggled over the last month. The Panthers are 9-9 (5-8 ACC) and have lost seven of their last eight games.


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