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Ty Johnson Transfers From Nova

Two days prior to the season opener, Villanova announced that sophomore point guard Ty Johnson will transfer. This is according to Jon Rothstein via Twitter.

Ty Johnson directs traffic from the point last season.

Johnson averaged 3.3 points, 2.0 assists, and 17.7 minutes per game last season as the backup point guard. With the arrival of Wake Forest transfer Tony Chennault and freshman sharpshooter Ryan Arcidiacono, Johnson was on the outside looking in at the two guard positions. Even with the loss of Maalik Wayns, Johnson would have most likely seen his minutes drop in 2012-13.

As a freshman out of Montrose Christian Academy, Johnson started three conesctutive games after Maalik Wayns went down with a knee injury in a January win versus Providence.  The three contests against South Florida, Connecticut, and Notre Dame all went down in the loss column, although the Cats took UConn and ND to overtime.  In those games, Johnson scored 4, 8, and 14 points, respectively while dishing out 4, 7, and 6 assists.

This is the second transfer of the offseason, after sophomore Markus Kennedy transferred to SMU in July.  This is also the second transfer out of Villanova who went to high school at Montrose Christian, as swingman Isaiah Armwood left in favor of George Washington a year ago.

With the loss of Johnson, once a top 50 recruit, Arcidiacono will likely start at point guard for the opener against District of Columbia.  Tony Chennault should start at shooting guard, with Darrun Hilliard providing bench depth.  The combination of those three can easily pick up the slack left by Johnson.

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Categories: CBB, Villanova

Author:Sean Burke

Sean Burke is a Villanova beat writer for Khandyman Sports and also contributes to the Eagles section. Sean currently resides in Glen Mills, PA.

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