Pitt’s top returning scorer will transfer

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Pittsburgh’s Cameron Johnson, a redshirt sophomore guard, will transfer.

This news came via Kevin Gorman of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. According to the report, Johnson told head coach Kevin Stallings about his intentions to transfer during a meeting on Friday.

The 6-foot-8 Johnson averaged 11.9 points, 4.5 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game while shooting 42 percent from beyond the 3-point arc. He will have two years of eligibility remaining, and more importantly, he’s on pace to graduate this spring, which would allow him to be immediately eligible to play in the 2017-18 season.

For Pitt, this is the latest — and perhaps the most impactful — departure. Michael Young, Jamel Artis, and Shelton Jeter have all exhausted their eligibility. Those three seniors and Johnson were the top four scorers for the Panthers this past season.

Freshman Corey Manigault and sophomores Damon Wilson and Crisshawn Clark have all previously elected to transfer out of the program. On March 3, freshman point guard Justice Kithcart was dismissed by Stallings for “conduct detrimental to the team.”

Pitt finished with a 16-17 (4-14 ACC) record in first season under Stallings. The Panthers will have at least six newcomers for next year.