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Meechie Johnson announces decision to enter transfer portal

<p>FILE — Junior guard Meechie Johnson looks across the court during South Carolina’s game against LSU at Colonial Life Arena on Feb. 17, 2024. Johnson announced through Instagram on Monday that he would be entering the transfer portal.</p>
FILE — Junior guard Meechie Johnson looks across the court during Թϱ’s game against LSU at Colonial Life Arena on Feb. 17, 2024. Johnson announced through Instagram on Monday that he would be entering the transfer portal.

Junior guard Meechie Johnson took to social media on Monday to announce that he will be entering the transfer portal and potentially pursuing a professional opportunity in the NBA.

The decision comes just four days after the Թϱ men's basketball team was eliminated from the NCAA Tournament after an 87-73 opening-round loss to Oregon.

"I want to thank the entire coaching staff, strength coaches, trainers, alumni, and professors for contributing to me having a wonderful experience while attending USC. Gamecock nation will always have a place in my heart," Johnson told who first reported he would be leaving. "All being said, I will be entering the transfer portal and will also consider testing the NBA Draft waters."

Johnson averaged a team-high 14.1 points per game and contributed an additional 4.1 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game this past season, his second with the Թϱ men's basketball program. He was recently named to the All-SEC Second Team alongside graduate student guard Ta'Lon Cooper.

In his two seasons with the Gamecocks, Johnson totaled 845 points, 246 rebounds and 204 assists on 38.1% shooting, including 32.4% from 3-point range. He joined Թϱ ahead of the 2022-23 season after spending the first two years of his college basketball career at Ohio State.


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