Houston, Tex.--Bruce Pearl has picked up a commitment from a graduate transfer point guard who is expected to enroll for classes at Auburn this summer.
Ronnie Johnson, a six-foot, 180-pound left-hander, averaged 9.4 points and 2.9 assists during the basketball 2015-16 season at the University of Houston.
"I am coming to Auburn because I think Coach Bruce Pearl is a great coach," Johnson told Inside the Auburn Tigers. "He has got a lot of experience
in college basketball.
"I have been a big fan of his since I was younger and I thought he is a guy I can trust to help me and develop me into a better point guard," he said.
"I also trust Coach Chuck Person, who is my cousin," Johnson added. "Having the experience he has is also a big factor." Person is Auburn's associate head coach, who is the all-time leading scorer in AU history and a former NBA All-Star.
Prior to playing for the Cougars for one season, Johnson competed for two seasons in the Big 10 at Purdue where he averaged 10.3 points, 4.1 assists and 3.4 rebounds in 2012-13. As a sophomore for the Boilermakers he averaged 10.8 points, 3.2 assists and 2.8 rebounds per contest.
Johnson was a four-star prospect at North Central High School in Indianapolis.
The Tigers lost a point guard off the 2015-16 team when Kareem Canty quit the squad during the season and declared himself eligible for the NBA Draft.
The only other scholarship point guard on the 2016-17 roster for the Tigers will be incoming freshman Jared Harper. "I am looking forward to playing with him," said Johnson, who noted he will be focused on the team having a successful run for the coming season.
"Having a winning record, winning the conference tournament and going to the NCAA Tournament, of course, are goals," he adds. "I am looking forward to it .”