Quick late-day news out of New Jersey as former Kansas State Wildcats guard Nigel Johnson is transferring, again, this time from Rutgers.
According to a school-issued release Friday afternoon, Johnson informed the coaching staff that he intends to earn his undergraduate degree and transfer. He has been granted his release.
“We appreciate Nigel’s contributions to our program,” said head coach Steve Pikiell. “We support his decision and wish him the best in his future endeavors.”
The redshirt junior guard joined Rutgers two seasons ago as part of a massive roster depletion at K-State. Announcing his decision on Twitter, Johnson was the fourth player to leave Bruce Weber’s program at the time after Marcus Foster and Tre Harris were dismissed and Jevon Thomas also decided to transfer.
Johnson isn’t the only one in that controversial group that didn’t settle at his next stop.
Harris, citing personal reasons, split with SIU-Edwardsville in December despite leading the team in scoring. Thomas quit Seton Hall in February after being suspended the first semester. The suspension came after Thomas reportedly grabbed a graduate assistant around the neck in a fight during an intramural game.
Malek Harris also was dismissed in the roster purge and spent the past year playing for NCAA Division II Kentucky Wesleyan.
(Thanks to DP for the tip on the updates!)