Former Ohio State Guard Meechie Johnson Jr. Commits to South Carolina

By Griffin Strom on April 25, 2022 at 3:29 pm
Meechie Johnson

Meechie Johnson Jr. is headed to South Carolina.

Following two seasons with the Buckeyes, the Cleveland native entered the transfer portal on April 12 and announced on social media Monday that his next step will be with the Gamecocks. Johnson had also been considering DePaul, Pittsburgh and LSU as potential landing spots.

Battling through injuries this past year, Johnson appeared in 26 games and started five of them for the Buckeyes, but averaged just 4.4 points per game, shot 30.8 percent from the floor and 27.8 percent from 2-point range.

Johnson, a four-star recruit out of high school, reclassified to join Ohio State a year early in 2020, but appeared in just 17 games for the Buckeyes two seasons ago as he played just 5.8 minutes per game as a true freshman.

South Carolina went 18-13 this past season under head coach Frank Martin, who has subsequently been replaced by new coach Lamont Paris. South Carolina has appeared in the NCAA Tournament just twice in the past 20 seasons, and last nabbed a berth in the Big Dance during the 2016-17 season.

Johnson was the second Buckeye to enter the transfer portal this offseason, with senior captain Justin Ahrens first doing so on April 4.

In its first addition to the roster since Johnson announced his departure, Ohio State received a commitment from former West Virginia guard Sean McNeil on Sunday.

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