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.
Xavier Johnson has applied to enter the transfer portal and is leaving the Pitt program. He won't be playing the remainder of the season
— Craig Meyer (@CraigMeyerPG) February 24, 2021
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.