Jordan Adds Another Piece in Johnson

EDISON, N.J. -- Rutgers basketball added a transfer last week in Nigel Johnson from Kansas State. Scarlet Report caught up with head coach Eddie Jordan about the newest addition to the program, and where he fits in the Big Ten.

Eddie Jordan added his first newcomer to the roster last week when Kansas State transfer Nigel Johnson enrolled for summer classes and workouts.

Johnson committed to Rutgers during the spring and has three years to play two after his time with Kansas State.

“He’s a combo guard that we really like,” Jordan said. “He can play off the ball and run the floor. He gives good defensive pressure, and he’s an athletic guy that can do a lot of things.”

Johnson played in 62 games over two seasons with Kansas State. The 6-foot-1 guard averaged 4.7 points per game in Manhattan, Kansas.

“He’s not very big, but he’s very quick,” Jordan said. “He’s had some injuries in the past, but I think he’s over that. We’re excited to have him in our program.”

Before Kansas State, Johnson was a standout at Upper Marlboro (Md.) Riverdale Baptist and hails from Ashburn, Va.

“He’s got good behavior,” Jordan said. “His dad (Sidney Johnson) played for the Washington Redskins and his mom is really supportive. We like that.”

Johnson also played for Jordan during high school as a member of the DC Assault AAU program.

“I know him,” Jordan said. “I’ve known him. We don’t win a national championship without his full-court layup against Sports U from New Jersey. He has a great full-court speed and the ability to get to the rim.”

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