May 8, 2014
HOUSTON - Former Purdue guard Ronnie Johnson has signed a financial aid agreement and will join the University of Houston Men's Basketball program for the 2014-15 season, head coach Kelvin Sampson announced Thursday afternoon.
Measuring 6-foot and weighing 180 pounds, Johnson competed during the last two seasons at Purdue. Under NCAA rules, he will sit out the 2014-15 season and will play as a junior in 2015-16 with two years of eligibility remaining.
"Ronnie is a left-handed point guard who plays fast and is a talented open-court player. He pushes the ball, gets into the paint and fits well with our up-tempo style," said Sampson, who joined the Cougars in early April. "He is an all-around student-athlete and will be a great addition to our program."
As a sophomore in 2013-14, Johnson started all but one game for the Boilermakers and finished as the team's second-leading scorer with 10.8 points per game. He scored at least 10 points in each of the first nine games to open the season and finished with 23 double-digit scoring games, including a season-high 21 points against Michigan on 9-of-15 shooting.
During the 2012-13 season as a freshman, Johnson competed in all 34 games, averaging 10.3 points, 4.1 assists and 3.4 rebounds per contest. He finished among Purdue's top-10 freshman single-season leaders in assists, steals, starts, points and scoring average and ranked third in the Big Ten with 4.1 assists per game.
An Indianapolis native, Johnson was a 4-star recruit and the No. 13 point guard in his class out of North Central High. He was invited to the 2011 NBA Top 100 Camp, averaging 10.8 points per game at that event, and was selected to play for the North at the 2012 All-American Championship as part of Final Four Week in New Orleans.
In addition, Johnson was a two-time Associated Press All-State selection and was named the Marion County Player of the Year as a senior in 2012.
SEASON TICKET DEPOSITS
Fans can take the first step toward the 2014-15 Houston Men's Basketball season by placing deposits with the Athletics Ticket Office at UHCougars.com or by clicking here. The deposit is not a fee and will go towards the cost of season tickets.