Bucs get grad transfer Johnson from Tennessee

Joe Avento • Updated Apr 10, 2020 at 7:48 PM

East Tennessee State’s basketball team keeps reloading.

For the second day in a row, the Bucs got a commitment from a graduate transfer. This time it’s Jalen Johnson, who is leaving Tennessee to play for Steve Forbes and ETSU.

Johnson announced his decision on Twitter with the words “New beginnings.”

The 6-foot-6 guard from Durham, North Carolina, played 15 minutes a game for the Vols last season, averaging 3.5 points a game while shooting 37 percent from the field.

Johnson graduated in December with a degree in communications.

He’ll be joining an ever growing ETSU recruiting class that includes Silas Adheke, a 6-8 transfer from Northern Kentucky who committed Thursday, 6-7 Southeastern Louisiana transfer Ty Brewer and a high school big man, 6-8 Paul Smith of DeMatha Catholic.

They will join a team that went 30-4 this year and won the Southern Conference’s regular-season and tournament championships.

Forbes has one scholarship remaining. The period when athletes can begin signing letters of intent begins Wednesday.

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