Former North Carolina Forward Puff Johnson Commits To Penn State Hoops

Mike Rhoades is hot on the recruiting trail, folks. 

Former North Carolina guard Puff Johnson announced his commitment to Penn State Wednesday afternoon via Instagram. Johnson will arrive in Happy Valley through the transfer portal with two years of eligibility remaining. 

“Bring it back to the home state,” Johnson wrote in his commitment post. 

The Moon Township, Pennsylvania native became the second Johnson to move from the Keystone State to North Carolina after his brother Cam donned the Carolina blue during the 2017 campaign. Johnson committed to the Tarheels in 2020 over Arizona, Auburn, and Ohio State to play under legendary head coach Roy Williams. 

Due to a toe sprain affecting his right foot for the majority of his freshman go-around, Johnson averaged just 1.1 points per matchup behind 4.1 minutes each game. Over the last two seasons, Johnson has seen action in 51 games but accounts for only two starts over the span. 

Throughout North Carolina’s 2022 NCAA Tournament run concluding in a national championship berth, Johnson accumulated 5.0 points, 2.3 rebounds, and 11.3 minutes per bout across the six-game span. The Pittsburgh product thrived in the title matchup, scoring 11 points in 18 minutes against Kansas. 

Johnson’s commitment marks the Nittany Lions’ fourth transfer pledge since Rhoades took over the program’s helm on March 29. With the addition, Penn State now holds claim to seven scholarship players on its roster ahead of the newly-hired head coach’s initial season. 

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Connor Krause

Connor Krause is a senior from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania double majoring in journalism and business. He is a lifelong Penn State football and basketball fan and enjoys rooting for Pittsburgh sports teams. In his free time, Connor can be found playing golf or pick-up basketball. You can follow his Twitter and Instagram @ckrause_31.

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