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Layer Announces Signing of College of Charleston Transfer Johnson
Head Liberty Men's Basketball Coach Dale Layer has announced the transfer of recent College of Charleston guard/forward Theo Johnson to Liberty University. Johnson will make his way to the Hill City and sit out this upcoming year due to the NCAA transfer rule. He will become eligible for in-game action at the start of the 2015-16 season, and will have two seasons of eligibility remaining.
"We are excited about adding Theo to our program," Layer stated. "He is a multiple position player on both the offensive and defensive ends. He has good experience and after a red shirt year, will be able to give us athleticism, experience and scoring ability to contribute in a big way. This will be a good spot for Theo and for Liberty Basketball."
Johnson (G/F, 6-6, 195, Sacramento, Calif.) appeared in 30 games this past season with the Cougars, averaging 1.7 ppg and 1.5 rpg. During his freshman year, the California native played in 33 contests, averaging 2.8 ppg and 1.5 rpg, while finishing third on the team in blocks with 27. Johnson's blocked shots total ranked 10th in the Southern Conference that season and third among the league's freshmen. In a matchup at Wofford on Jan. 26, 2013, Johnson finished with a career-high 12 points on 4-of-6 shooting, knocking down 3-of-4 shots from beyond the three-point arc.
Before his time at Charleston, Johnson was a graduate of Franklin High School in Sacramento, where he averaged 19.2 points, 8.2 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 2.2 blocks per game. Johnson's string of performances earned him Delta Valley Conference Most Valuable Player honors, Franklin High School Male Athlete of the Year and a second team all-metro selection from The Sacramento Bee. Rated the No. 13 overall prospect and No. 1 small forward from the Northern California area by NorCalPreps.com, Johnson also earned all-conference accolades his junior year. In addition to his success at Franklin, Johnson also played AAU Basketball for Play Hard, Play Smart.