USC gets transfer guard from Villanova

December 26, 2012 

Tyrone Johnson, a 6-foot-2 point guard, said Wednesday he will transfer to South Carolina from Villanova.

Johnson will enroll at USC in January and will become eligible to play for the Gamecocks at the conclusion of the fall semester in 2013.

Johnson is a New Jersey native and he played one season at Villanova, appearing in 32 games and averaging 3 points and 2 assists per game.

He also considered George Washington and Illinois but said his relationship with Gamecocks coach Frank Martin was a big reason he picked the Gamecocks.

“One thing that stood out to me was him being a first-year coach and trying to build that program back up, and me always being a guy who is always working hard,” Johnson said. “It was a great environment when I came down on my visit (in November), great people, and a great staff that coach Martin has, and the players. We just felt like South Carolina is the best place for me to go for my game to flourish and for me to be the best Tyrone Johnson.”

Johnson was a highly touted prospect from Plainfield, N.J., when he signed with Villanova in the fall of 2010. He decided prior to this season to transfer and he remained at Villanova and practiced with the team while deciding on his new school.

At his new school, Johnson believes what he does will work well.

“His (Martin) type of style, it fits my style with up tempo play and always being aggressive,” Johnson said. “The way that he coaches fits my style of play and fits my personality.”

Johnson will have 2 1/2 years of eligibility with the Gamecocks.

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