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Report: Pitt's Cameron Johnson, Team's Top Returning Scorer, To Transfer

Guard Cameron Johnson was set to be the top returning scorer for Pitt basketball next season. Instead, he will reportedly transfer for his final two collegiate seasons.

According to a report by the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Johnson asked for his release on Friday night. His father shed some light on the surprising decision.

“He had no issues with coach Stallings at all,” said Gil Johnson, Cam's father and a former Pitt player. “They had a plan for him. It was going to be centered around him. But there's too much uncertainty there. He wants to win, and you're going to have 8-10 new bodies.”

Pittsburgh is coming off a very disappointing 16-17 season, which featured a 4-14 13th place finish in a very tough ACC.

Johnson was the third leading scorer on the team at 11.9 points per game, shooting 44.7-percent from the field and 41.5-percent from three point range. He also chipped in 4.5 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game, and was tied for the team lead with 0.9 steals per game. Johnson was second on the Panthers in minutes per game, at 33.3. He was set to be the top returning scorer for Pitt, with the graduation of Michael Young and Jamel Artis. He will have two years of eligibility remaining, after he graduates early this April.

Johnson is the fourth player to announce his transfer from the team, joining sophomore guards Crisshawn Clark and Damon Wilson and freshman forward Corey Manigault. Freshman point guard Justice Kitchart, who played in 28 games this season, was also dismissed from the team.

[Pittsburgh Tribune-Review]