Name: Marques Johnson
Hometown: Fort Wayne, Indiana
AAU/College: Blessed IJN/Tennessee
Notes: Ranked among the top-50 players by several scouting services, Johnson is a 6-5 guard from Fort Wayne, Indiana. A four-year starter at Snyder High, Johnson inked with Tennessee and spent this fall with the Volunteers but decided to transfer a few weeks back.
Johnson and fellow freshman Ramar Smith competed for the point guard position and it was a tight battle.
"It's clear they're both good players, and we're going to have to make a decision," Tennessee head coach Bruce Pearl said after the second game of the season. "I'd give Ramar the edge right now but we've still got to put it together."
Johnson, did not commit a turnover in the two exhibition games. He had 7 points, 4 assists and 2 steals in 19 minutes vs. LeMoyne-Owen, then followed with 9 points, 1 assist and 1 steal in 15 minutes vs. Tusculum.
He played in just four official games this season, totaling 45 minutes of action. He hit 2-of-8 field goal tries (25 percent), 1-of-3 from 3-point range (33.3 percent), 3-of-5 from the foul line (60 percent) and totaled eight points, five assists and six turnovers. His playing time dwindled when junior Jordan Howell returned from a hand injury.
Unhappy with his role, Johnson announced that he would transfer. "I wish the best of luck to the team and Coach Pearl," he said in a statement released by the university. "This just wasn't the best situation for me at this time. I just needed a change."
"Marques wants to go to a situation where he can have an opportunity for more playing time," said Pearl. "We want what is best for him and will help him find a situation that he believes will be a good fit for him."
Johnson will enroll at NC State this week and sit out the spring semester. He will also sit the beginning of next season due to NCAA rules, but he will be available for action at the end of the fall semester.
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