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Thursday / February 23.

South Carolina Lands Nova Transfer Johnson

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Former Villanova point guard Ty Johnson is headed to South Carolina.

The 6-foot-3, 192-pound Johnson picked South Carolina over Illinois because of his bond with coach Frank Martin.

“Just the great relationship that I felt that I have with coach Frank Martin and [it] just gives me the best situation to be the best Tyrone Johnson I can be going to the University of South Carolina,” Johnson, a Plainfield, N.J., native, told by phone.

Johnson visited South Carolina earlier this month and said Martin told him he could contribute at the point after sitting out a year until December 2013.

“Basically come in and…be that leader and the point guard that he needs me to be,” Johnson said.

“They don’t really have point guards, they have two guards playing the point.”

After breaking his foot in during a pickup game in the summer of 2011, Johnson appeared in all 32 games for Villanova in 2011-12 and started nine games, averaging 3.3 points, 1.0 rebounds, and 17.7 minutes per outing.

“He’s healthy,” Team Final coach Derrick Bobbitt added. “His left foot has healed completely and he’s ready to be the player that we all know he can be.”

The story was previously reported by Gamecock Central.

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Adam Zagoria is a New York Times contributor and Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.