Oft-traveled Jalen Johnson reportedly makes plans for next season
Jalen Johnson appears to be on the move again.
The Mississippi State forward has entered the transfer portal as a graduate student, according to multiple reports, including Verbal Commits.
If he follows through with plans to play for another team next season, it would be his fourth college team after earlier stints at Saint Louis and Louisiana-Lafayette. Johnson piled up 1,061 points and 495 rebounds between his three seasons at Saint Louis (2016-17 and 2017-18) and Louisiana-Lafayette (2019-20). It’ll be difficult for a college team to find someone with as much experience as Johnson after the 6-foot-6 guard from Baton Rouge, Louisiana has now played in 123 games in his college career.
With the Bulldogs this past season, Johnson averaged 5.2 points in 16.3 minutes. The scoring output he produced at his previous stops didn’t materialize for Ben Howland’s club. He didn’t get in any game after MSU’s regular season finale, as State played through the SEC tournament and the NIT championship. Because of the waiver given to all winter sports athletes from the NCAA, Johnson has another year of eligibility to use, and it now appears it likely won’t be with the Bulldogs.
Johnson joins freshman guard Devion Smith and forward Keondre Montgomery as recent transfers after the NIT Championship loss to Memphis.