St. John’s basketball transfer target Kamani Johnson makes quick decision

St. John's basketball transfer target Kamani Johnson (Mandatory Credit: Justin Ford-USA TODAY Sports)
St. John's basketball transfer target Kamani Johnson (Mandatory Credit: Justin Ford-USA TODAY Sports) /

St. John’s basketball transfer target Kamani Johnson made his decision much quicker than anticipated.

An announcement was expected Thursday or Friday from University of Arkansas-Little Rock transfer Kamani Johnson regarding where he would be spending his next two seasons in college.

However, Johnson did not want to wait any longer and announced that he would be staying in the state of Arkansas and joining Eric Musselman and the Razorbacks.

St. John’s and DePaul were the other schools that made up the Top-3 for Kamani Johnson, which was announced on Monday evening as Miami (FL) was another school that reached out to the 6-foot-7 Brooklyn, New York native.

Kamani Johnson announced his decision to join the Arkansas Razorbacks via his Instagram page.

In his sophomore season at Arkansas-Little Rock, Johnson averaged 11.0 points, 6.7 rebounds, and 2.2 assists per game while shooting 51.3 percent from the field and only attempted a total of two 3-pointers in his two seasons.

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Kamani Johnson is also the younger brother of Dakari Johnson, a former standout with the Kentucky Wildcats and a professional basketball player overseas after spending a brief time in the NBA.

The Red Storm still have one open scholarship for the 2020-21 season, but after not landing Johnson it seems unlikely that head coach Mike Anderson will fill that void, although Johnson would be ineligible to play, unless he gets a transfer waiver from the NCAA.

St. John’s also still has one open scholarship for the 2021-22 season, if things remain the same regarding the roster on paper, and Johnson didn’t fit the remaining need for the program in the sense of a big, rim-protecting center.

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Anderson still is connected with former Ole Miss center and now junior college recruit Carlos Curry as well as Class of 2021 prospect Mustapha Amzil.

St. John’s has already landed commitments from Long Island Lutheran standouts Drissa Traore and Rafael Pinzon.

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