All-Horizon League Second Team player Jordan Johnson is transferring to UNLV, as confirmed by a release on the school’s athletics website, unlvrebels.com. He will have to sit out next season, per NCAA transfer rules. Johnson will have one season of eligibility remaining.
Johnson played just one season for Wisconsin-Milwaukee, after playing his first two seasons at John Wood Community College. But it was a memorable season, as Johnson led the Panthers to a 20-13 record, and was second in the nation in assists per game with 8.1. The stellar point guard was also 23rd in the nation with a 2.93 assist turnover ratio, and averaged 12.5 points per game.
Johnson would have been one of the frontrunners to win Horizon League Player of the Year next season. But the firing of longtime head coach Rob Jeter was more of a catalyst for change within the basketball program than the Milwaukee administration and fans likely thought.
Last month, Akeem Springs transferred to Minnesota, while Austin Arians left for Wake Forest. That means that Milwaukee will be losing its six leading scorers from last season to graduation or transfer.
Two weeks ago, new UNLV head coach Marvin Menzies named Jeter as one of his assistant coaches. This was undoubtedly a big factor in Johnson choosing the Runnin’ Rebels.
Expect Johnson to have a big impact on this revamped UNLV team. He is lightening quick, a tremendous passer, an excellent ball handler, and an underrated defender. He also is an intense player with an ultra-competitive spirit. Those emotional and leadership traits cannot be taught, and coaches love players who have them. He will fit great in Menzies’ defensive-minded system.
The Horizon League has lost another star basketball player this offseason, while the Mountain West Conference has now become that much stronger.