Friday, March 27, 2015

Point guard Ty Johnson to transfer from Villanova

Sophomore point guard Ty Johnson has told the Villanova coaching staff he intends to transfer.

Point guard Ty Johnson to transfer from Villanova

Ty Johnson was expected to challenge for the starting point guard position. (Nick Wass/AP)
Ty Johnson was expected to challenge for the starting point guard position. (Nick Wass/AP)

Sophomore point guard Ty Johnson will transfer from Villanova, coach Jay Wright announced Wednesday.

The 6-foot-3 Johnson, of Plainfield, N.J., played in all 32 games last season for the Wildcats, making nine starts but mostly backing up Maalik Wayns. He averaged 3.3 points, 1.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 17.7 minutes of playing time. His 65 assists were second on the team to Wayns.

Johnson was expected to challenge for the starting point guard position. But the Wildcats added two players who play there -- junior transfer Tony Chennault and freshman Ryan Arcidiacono -- and Johnson chose to go elsewhere.

"We're going to miss Ty," Wright said in a statement. "He has handled this with class. We all respect his work ethic, athletic ability and commitment to the program. We want what's best for Ty."

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Wright said Johnson will complete the fall semester at Villanova.

--Joe Juliano

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