Report: Pitt transfer Cameron Johnson lists Michigan

Dylan Burkhardt

Pittsburgh graduate transfer Cameron Johnson has a long list of suitors that includes Michigan.

Rivals’ Corey Evans tweeted out a list that included Florida, Ohio State, Texas, Kentucky, Michigan, Arizona, Iowa State, South Carolina, Baylor, Ole Miss, Marquette and TCU. He then tweeted a second list of “others with offers on the table” featuring Oklahoma, UConn, Butler, Penn State, Illinois, Oklahoma State, Rutgers and Creighton.

Although the tweet uses the word offer, Johnson does not yet hold a Michigan offer as he hasn’t visited campus. He discussed the situation and early interest with MLive’s Brendan Quinn.

“I have to talk to (Beilein) a little bit more about that aspect,” Johnson said of a potential scholarship offer. “I know he touched upon it a little bit. I think he’ll get in contact with my dad and some other people and we’ll figure that out from there.”

Johnson is a graduate transfer who averaged 11.9 points, 4.5 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game for the Panthers last season. He’ll have two years of eligibility remaining at his next school.

The 6-foot-8, 210 pound wing is known for his shooting stroke as he made 78-of-188 (42%) of his threes last season and two-thirds of his shot attempts were three-pointers.

Here’s some footage of Johnson during this season at Pittsburgh.

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  • Kenny

    Glad that we are involved. Either CJ and Alstork would be a great addition

  • Champswest

    He has immediate eligibility and two years of eligibility left? That’s unusual, but nice. Why is he leaving Pitt?
    Pretty impressive list of schools.

    • rlcBlue

      Jamie Dixon left Pitt for TCU last season, and Pitt hired Kevin Stallings from Vanderbilt. The season started fairly well: Pitt was the fourth team in the 2K classic – they lost by 9 to SMU, then beat Marquette by 2. They really thumped Maryland in College Park during the ACC-B1G challenge, but then dropped their bragging rights game to Duquesne later in the week. After winning the rest of their non-conference schedule (including a neutral court win over Penn State), they entered the ACC schedule at 11-2. They split two OT games with Notre Dame and Virginia, and then the wheels came off at high speed; they lost 8 straight on their way to a 4-14 conference mark.

      I followed a link to the SBNation Pitt board to see what they had to say about Johnson, but most of the commenters could only froth at the mouth about Stallings. Apparently there was plenty of loud conflict between the new coach and the players who had been recruited by the old coach. One player was dismissed during the season; three more announced they were transferring before Johnson did, and the four starters other than Johnson were all seniors.

      However, unlike the other departees, Johnson never publicly disagreed with his coach. He was described as being quiet and laid back. The consensus was that Pitt will be very bad for the next two seasons and Johnson just wants to play for a team that has a chance to win.

  • bobohle

    I agree with Wayman Britt on the previous post. Mo Bamba should still remain the priority. Signing someone else before Bamba makes a decision would be a huge mistake IMO!

    • Wayman Britt

      Cam Johnson’s game is a clone of Duncan Robinson if there ever was one.

      • I used similar phrasing on the message board but after watching more film I’d go with an upgrade. He’s longer and more athletic and a good passer. Not sure how much offense he can create though but a proven scorer at this HM level.

  • ChiMan

    You know, another interesting potential transfer is Matt Ryan out of Notre Dame. I’m curious if that’s a name you’ve heard mentioned at all, Dylan? Looks like he held an offer from us when he was initially recruited and he’s pretty lethal from 3.