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Rutgers PG Transfer Nigel Johnson Commits To Virginia

Nigel Johnson began his college career at Kansas State, and played at Rutgers last year. To finish up, he is heading to Virginia as a graduate transfer.

The 6-foot-1 guard is on a visit to Charlottesville this weekend, and announced his commitment to the Cavaliers via Instagram.

He confirmed the decision to ESPN's Jeff Borzello.

Johnson has a big job ahead of him. He is a candidate to slide into the starting point guard role immediately, where he would be replacing London Perrantes, one of the best players in recent Virginia history, and a four-year starter.

Nigel Johnson, a Maryland native, began his college career in the Big 12 at Kansas State, where he played two seasons as a reserve guard, averaging 5.2 points per game as a sophomore in 2014-15. He transferred to Rutgers, where he played as a junior this season after sitting out the 2015-16 campaign, and was a bright spot for the Scarlet Knights, averaging 11.3 points and 3.3 rebounds for Steve Pikiell's team. He topped 20 points five times at Rutgers, including a pair of 21 point performances to end his year with the team against Ohio State and Northwestern in the Big Ten Tournament.

Picking up graduate transfers continues to become more and more en vogue for coaches, as more players make moves late in their careers. Tony Bennett should be getting a pretty solid, and much needed, guard in Johnson.