USC Guard Angelo Johnson is Transferring

Angelo Johnson, a 5-foot-11 point guard who played at USC as a freshman, is transferring from the program, according to the L.A. Times. Johnson played at Minneapolis North and Henry along with the Howard Pulley AAU program, before transferring to Marietta Convent Christian (2005-06) and Stoneridge Prep (2006-07). Johnson could possibly look at Minnesota, who is looking for point guard depth.

Angelo "Bear" Johnson averaged 4.5 points and 2.1 assists points per game, making 40.3% of his three-point attempts. Johnson started 11 games last season but, according to the Los Angeles Times, is leaving the team because Coach Tim Floyd declined to guarantee him a spot in the starting lineup.

"He asked me with O.J. [Mayo's] departure if I could guarantee him a spot in the starting lineup," Floyd said Thursday night. "I told him, 'Angelo, you're going to play a bunch and could start on 95 percent of the teams in the country, but I can't guarantee you that. I don't think it would be fair to our new players coming in to guarantee anything to anybody.' ... He's made his choice and is going to explore his options."

"He was instrumental in a lot of wins for us," Floyd said. "He's a very, very good player and we'd love to have him, but unfortunately he's made another choice. I think it does impact us."

Floyd said he was disappointed in Johnson's decision. "In this age of instant gratification," Floyd said, "all these guys want to start, want to play. ... We wish they could all be like Darren Collison and wait a year for their turn."

Minnesota has only one true point guard on its roster in Al Nolen. The Gophers will use Lawrence Westbrook and incoming freshman Devoe Joseph to give Nolen a breather.

Johnson would have to sit out the 2008-09 season as a transfer and would have three years of eligiblity remaining.

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