With the college basketball season effectively over, we’re starting to see more and more players enter the NCAA transfer portal. The newest player to enter his name for a move is a Tennessee junior eager for some more playing time.
According to Matt Zenitz of AL.com, Vols guard Jalen Johnson is entering the portal as a grad transfer. The move comes on the heels of a third straight season with only limited time on the floor. Johnson started two of 31 games played, and had 107 total points, 63 rebounds and 20 assists.
Hailing from Durham, North Carolina, Johnson was a three-star prospect in the Class of 2016. 247Sports rated him as the No. 147 overall prospect in the country, the No. 30 small forward, and the No. 4 prospect from North Carolina. At the time, Johnson was actually the highest-ranked recruit out of Vols a class that included Grant Williams, Jordan Bowden and Jordan Bone.
But Johnson quickly transitioned from forward to guard under Rick Barnes, and saw a little over 200 minutes combined prior to the 2019-20 season.
Tennessee basketball guard Jalen Johnson has entered the transfer portal as a grad transfer. Made two starts this season.
— Matt Zenitz (@mzenitz) March 23, 2020
In a statement to Knox News, Barnes confirmed the move, and revealed that he had discussed it with Johnson leading up to the official decision.
“My staff and I have had multiple discussions with Jalen leading up to his decision to enter the transfer portal. Jalen has been an outstanding teammate for as long as he’s been a part of this program. He helped to establish the culture here and has truly modeled our ‘INAM’ (‘It’s Not About Me’) mindset,” Barnes said.
The Vols head coach wished Johnson well in his efforts to find a new team.
“We all want to see him make the type of impactful contribution during his final college season that he envisions, has worked so hard for and deserves. Everyone here is excited to see him be successful moving forward, both on and off the court.”
Where do you think Johnson should take his talents?