Breaking News: Star Point Guard Johnson Leaves Milwaukee for UNLV

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 had 11 points and 10 assists versus Notre Dame, which was just his fourth Division 1 college basketball game. Photo by Robert Franklin

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.

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2 Responses to Breaking News: Star Point Guard Johnson Leaves Milwaukee for UNLV

  1. Don Seeko says:

    Milwaukee has been devastated after the departure of Coach Jeter. Lots of Horizon League Topics to discuss at the Memorial Day Horizon League Invitational at the Pontiac Country Club. Glad that Tim – the author of this Site, RaiderDoug and Joey Titan whose daughter will be an incoming Freshmen at UDM this fall will be sharing a round of golf, HL Talk, and some Cold Strohs on Memorial Day!

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