Jazz Johnson Commits to Nevada

By Kevin Sweeney

Another day, another transfer is headed to Reno.

Nevada head coach Eric Musselman has reeled in yet another big name on the transfer market, landing University of Portland transfer Jazz Johnson. Johnson, a high-scoring combo guard, will have to sit out the 2017-18 season before completing his final two seasons of eligibility for the Wolf Pack. It’s the fourth addition via the transfer market of the offseason for Nevada, which has also added Marquez Letcher-Ellis (Rice), Tre’Shawn Thurman (Omaha), and Nisre Zouzoua (Bryant).

After a solid freshman season in which he averaged just under 7 points per game, Johnson took his game to new heights in his sophomore campaign. He averaged 15.8 points per game for the Pilots this season while shooting 41.5% from downtown. He scored in double figures in all but one of his team’s games this season.

“I have decided to join Coach Musselman and the Wolf Pack at the University of Nevada,” Johnson said in a tweet. “I have faith that Coach Muss and his staff will help me take my game to the next level. I’m excited to be playing in front of such a wonderful crowd and community for my last two years as part of the #Pack.

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Musselman has revitalized the Nevada program through the transfer market. “ISU vs Nevada”, by Max Goldberg (CC BY 2.0)

Musselman has turned signing impact transfers into a staple of his regime since taking the reigns in Reno. This past season, with Marcus Marshall and Jordan Caroline becoming eligible after sitting out the previous season, he led the Wolf Pack to the NCAA Tournament. In the upcoming season, Cody and Caleb Martin (NC State), along with Kendall Stephens (Purdue) will become eligible for the Pack, who are the early favorites to repeat as Mountain West champions. Nevada currently has just 3 players on its roster that aren’t transfers.

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