Noel Johnson to transfer

CUTigers has learned that sophomore guard Noel Johnson will be leaving the basketball program.

CUTigers has learned that sophomore guard Noel Johnson will be leaving the program. CUTigers confirmed from a source that Johnson has decided to transfer from Clemson.

"Noel has decided at this time that it is in his best interest to continue his playing career elsewhere," said head coach Brad Brownell. "We certainly wish him the best as he finds a program that better fits his needs."

Johnson will finish the fall semester before leaving.

"I want to thank Clemson University, I've learned a lot over the last year and a half," he said. "I will miss all of my teammates and everyone involved in the program. I wish them nothing but the best in the future."

Sources tell CUTigers that Johnson will try to land at another high major school. UTEP is one school that could be in the running.

After former Clemson coach Oliver Purnell left for the job at DePaul earlier this year, it was rumored that Johnson wanted to transfer following the spring semester.

In less than two seasons at Clemson, he's averaged 4.4 points and 1.8 rebounds per game. Johnson has started three of the 39 games that he's played in during his career.

Johnson has played in all seven games this season with 2.9 points and 1.6 rebounds per contest.

As a senior at Fayette County High School (Fayetteville, Ga.), Johnson originally signed with Southern California, prior to receiving a release from his letter of intent.

The former four-star signed with Clemson in June of 2010 after considering LSU, UNLV and Charlotte.

The news of Johnson's transfer broke Wednesday afternoon on the Twitter feed of senior basketball writer Jeff Goodman.

"Don't know if it's been reported, but source told that Clemson sophomore guard Noel Johnson is transferring out of the program," Goodman tweeted.

Johnson's transfer would be the second from the 2010 signing class that was ranked No. 11 in the country by Donte Hill announced he would transfer before the season started. Top Stories