Rutgers center Myles Johnson enters transfer portal

By Field Level Media
Mar 21, 2021; Indianapolis, Indiana, USA; Rutgers Scarlet Knights center Myles Johnson (15) goes up for a shot while Houston Cougars forward Fabian White Jr. (35) defends during the second half in the second round of the 2021 NCAA Tournament at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joshua Bickel-USA TODAY Sports

Rutgers big man Myles Johnson has entered the transfer portal, according to multiple reports Thursday.

Johnson averaged 8.0 points and 8.5 rebounds this season for the Scarlet Knights, who reached the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1991 before falling to Houston in the Round of 32 Sunday.

Johnson also led the team in blocks with 68.

The 6-foot-11 center, who is originally from Long Beach, Calif., hasn’t ruled out the possibility of a return to Rutgers, but he also has interest in returning to his home state.

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“I’ve thought about the idea of leaving but I’m still thinking about the possibility of staying here,” Johnson said. “I’ve been accepted into Rutgers already so it’s definitely an option. I’ve been here the whole time so it’s always on the table. If I were to leave, the Pac-12 is by my house with good engineering schools, so those would be the top locations. I was looking at UCLA, Stanford, and USC, which are the top engineering schools in the Pac-12 that are around me and are competitive.”

Johnson, a junior, improved his scoring and rebounding outputs each season with the Scarlet Knights. As a freshman, he averaged 4.8 points and 5.7 rebounds per game before upping that to 7.8 points and 7.9 rebounds per game as a sophomore.

The decision about where he will spend his senior season is still fluid.

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“I’m just going to need to hear those schools’ pitch, what they say, what their plans are, how I would be implicated into the team, and if I just like the coach and stuff like that. I don’t know the situation with visits, so it’s all up in the air.”

–Field Level Media