After a stellar high school career in the Washington, D.C. area, guard Nigel Johnson took his talents to Kansas State.
Johnson made an impact for the Wildcats, including seven starts and 62 games during his two seasons. Kansas State, however, was not the right fit and Johnson knew what he wanted after Eddie Jordan took the job at Rutgers.
“When I finalized my decision at K State to transfer, Rutgers was already at the top of my list because of coach Jordan,” Johnson said at Rutgers basketball media day. “Me and coach Jordan already had a great relationship because I played AAU for him. He was my coach my 17U year, so I already knew his style and how he liked to play and what kind of guys he liked. I knew he was a guard-friendly coach. That’s all I really needed to know.”
Johnson said the coaching connection is stronger at Rutgers than what he experienced at Kansas State. A 6-foot-1 guard, Johnson impressed in preseason practices but is not eligible for the 2015-16 season.
Set to sit out via NCAA transfer rules, Johnson plans to bring his best as a red-shirt junior next season.
“It’s definitely not going to be fun, but I’m going to continue to just do what I can and do my job in practice and get the guys ready to do their thing on the court this year,” Johnson said. “I come back next year and hopefully make a big statement.”