Johnson leaves Rutgers, will seek undergraduate degree instead

UPPER MARLBORO – Former Riverdale Baptist basketball standout Nigel Johnson is on the move again.

Johnson, a redshirt junior guard at Rutgers, has informed the coaching staff that he intends to earn his undergraduate degree and transfer. He was granted his release after just one season at the Big Ten Conference program.

“We appreciate Nigel’s contributions to our program,” Rutgers Head Coach Steve Pikiell said in a statement. “We support his decision and wish him the best in his future endeavors.”

During his lone campaign at Rutgers, the fourth-year junior guard averaged 11.3 points per game and finished as the Scarlet Knights’ second-leading scorer.

The Ashburn, Va., native arrived at Rutgers after two seasons competing at Kansas State. Although Johnson wasn’t available for comment, he said on his Instagram account that he was thankful for the Rutgers experience.

“After much thought and consulting with my family, I’ve decided to graduate and transfer,” Johnson wrote on Instagram. “I am grateful for and appreciate the experiences I’ve had at Rutgers University. I will forever cherish the memories I shared with my teammates and coaches and all that we accomplished this season. Thank you to my coaches, teammates, the Riot Squad and the entire Rutgers community.”

During his senior campaign at Riverdale Baptist, the 6-foot-1 guard averaged 17.9 points and converted 71 three-pointers. He also led the Crusaders to a 26-10 overall record en route to the inaugural Capital Beltway League title.

Johnson earned MVP honors at the Capital Beltway League Tournament after scoring a team-high of 33 points in a victory over Princeton Day. He played his junior campaign at Broad Run where he averaged an area-best 29.5 points, 8.4 assists, 4.4 rebounds and 4.0 steals per game. He also set a Virginia single-season record with 211 assists during that season and helped lead Broad Run to the Northwest Region playoffs.

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