Western Michigan forward Brandon Johnson has entered the NCAA’s transfer portal for his final year of eligibility, according to Brendan Quinn from The Athletic.
Western Michigan's Brandon Johnson is in the transfer portal. Listed as a grad transfer. (Redshirt due to injury 2017-18).6-foot-8 forward from Chicago averaged 15.4 ppg, 8.1 rpg last season. WMU promoted Clayton Bates as head coach over the weekend, replacing Steve Hawkins.— Brendan Quinn (@BFQuinn) March 30, 2020
Johnson, a redshirt junior for WMU, averaged 15 points a game and eight rebounds this past season as the Broncos finished 13-19 on the year getting knocked out of the Mid-American Conference tournament in the first round.
Johnson, who is listed as a graduate transfer after he redshirted in 2018-19 due to a knee injury, joined the 1,000-point club last season at as he scored 1,016 total points and averaged 10 points per game over his career. He also was named to the 2019 All-MAC third team for his past season.
The news comes just two days after WMU appointed longtime assistant coach Clayton Bates to the head coaching role in place of former coach Steve Hawkins.
Johnson was one of two upperclassmen on the team this past year, along with fellow star guard Michael Flowers.
This loss means a lot for the young Broncos team, who was looking to make a move in the conference next year thanks to the mature guidance from Johnson, while he also was the spark on the court to come through for WMU in scoring droughts.