B.J. Johnson & Ron Patterson Transferring

Sophomore forward B.J. Johnson and guard Ron Patterson have decided to move on from Syracuse.

Syracuse forward B.J. Johnson has decided to transfer, he confirmed Thursday evening. Johnson finished his sophomore season during the 2014-15 campaign.

Chris Hawkins, former AAU coach for Ron Patterson, has informed CuseNation.com that he will also move on from the program. The destination for either is not yet known.

The news is not a surprise as the Syracuse roster needed some space if they were to bring in verbal commit Matthew Moyer and top target Tyus Battle in the 2016 class. With four players coming in, Syracuse has a full roster of 13 scholarship players next season, but needs to trim some numbers in order to get down to 10 for the 2016-17 year.

With Michael Gbinije and Trevor Cooney graduating after next season, and Chris McCullough likely heading to the NBA, the loss of Patterson and Johnson brings their returning scholarship players to eight, leaving slots for each of Moyer and Battle.

Johnson averaged 4.2 points and 3.2 rebounds last season while shooting 30.7% from the floor and 26.2% from beyond the arc. Patterson averaged 2.6 points and 1.7 assists per game while shooting 31.3% from the floor and 17.3% from three-point range. Johnson was a three-star prospect coming out of Lower Marion High School in Pennsylvania.

Patterson was a four-star guard out of high school where he signed with Indiana before they dropped him late, forcing him to go to prep school before committing to the Orange.

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