Recruiting: Miami basketball lands transfer G Zach Johnson

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Miami is having a good week on the basketball recruiting trail.

It just got a lot better.

Florida Gulf Coast grad transfer guard Zach Johnson, one of the top mid-major players available, said he will play for Miami.

Johnson, a teammate of Dewan Huell at Miami Norland High, will spend his final year of college at his hometown school.

He made the All-Atlantic Sun team last year (16.1 points per game, including 37 in the A-Sun title game, and 3.0 assists). Like Huell, he declared for the NBA Draft, but did not hire an agent.

Johnson led Norland to a state championship as a high school senior in 2013-14. He was named Class 6A Final Four MVP as a junior and senior. At FGCU, he made the A-Sun All-Freshman team in 2015-16, when he averaged 11.1 points and 3.3 assists per game. He posted 11.9 as a sophomore.

Last season, he set career highs in 3-point shooting (39.2), free-throw shooting (78.1), steals (2.0), rebounds (3.3) and minutes (32.4). He shot 46.9 percent from the field, taking 12.4 shots per game.

“He can shoot the 3-ball,” teammate Brandon Goodwin told the Naples Daily News last November. “He can drive it. One of the things that’s special about him is you don’t have to call a play for him. You get him a ball-screen and he’ll make a play for you. Whether it’s driving down and dunking or driving in the lane with a floater or driving and finding an open teammate. I think that’s something that’s hard to teach. He’s super athletic. When he gets around the rim, he can finish. And he can go in spurts of scoring four or five baskets in a row, especially at times when we need it. What makes him special is he can do it all.”

Johnson, 6-foot-2 and 195 pounds, chose UM over Creighton, Louisville and Arizona.

He will be a major piece of a UM backcourt that lost Lonnie Walker and Bruce Brown to the NBA. He joins sophomore Chris Lykes, junior DJ Vasiljevic and now-eligible transfer Miles Wilson, a sophomore.

UM recently received a pledge from Wyoming freshman transfer Anthony Mack (6-6, 218), a former three-star recruit who hopes to play this year, and sit-out Oklahoma transfer guard Kameron McGusty (6-5, 191), a former top-50 national recruit.

When McGusty (an eligible junior in 2019-20), Johnson and Mack enroll, Miami will have 12 scholarship players. The Hurricanes could add another transfer or prep player to round out the roster.

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