Saint Bonaventure University broke news earlier last week they used a scholarship on a junior college transfer. This young man is a Baltimore, Maryland native Matt Johnson. He is a division one junior college transfer. He is hailing from Howard College, located in beautiful Big Spring, Texas.
Howard posted an 18-8 record for the year and six of the losses were posted in conference play. Johnson certainly had some very solid stats during his year at Howard. He only saw about 17 minutes of playing time on the hardwood for Howard. That did not stop the young man from scoring 14.8 points per contest. He also posted 4.8 rebounds and 2.4 assists on the stat sheet. He brings some very good scoring to the brown and white double digiting his point total in 20 of his 28 contest for Howard. He went 48-119 for three-point tries and shot 77% from the charity stripe. Johnson is no stranger to improvement. He averaged just shy of eight tallies in Pensacola Florida when he played at Pensacola State.
Head Coach Mark Schmidt spoke very highly of his recruit after the announcement.
“It is exciting to add Matt Johnson to our team,” Schmidt said. “He is a skilled, fast-tempo player who fits our system perfectly. He is a ball-screen offense player who understands how we want to play. Matt is a scorer who can help us right away. He comes from a high-level junior college and was very well coached there. Most of all, he is a winner who has been a part of successful programs.” The man in charge certainly picked a good one to compliment what was already there.
The brown and white could certainly extend upon what they did last year. They went 18-16 on the year advancing to the conference tournament for the powerhouse A-10 conference. The Bonnies have just four scholarships remaining. The first two came from small-forward Bobby Plauntis who is a transfer. The second came from an impressive swingman Justin Winston. Winston signed his NLI last fall to commit to SBU.
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