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North Carolina Transfer Puff Johnson Set to Visit Penn State

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With the departure of head coach Micah Shrewsberry and a majority of its roster, Penn State has been heavily involved in the NCAA Transfer Portal in hopes of acquiring new talent.

The Nittany Lions will be hosting North Carolina transfer Puff Johnson for an official visit scheduled for next week, according to CBS college basketball insider Jon Rothstein.

Johnson could possibly have two years of eligibility remaining after playing three seasons for the Tar Heels. He missed the second half of his freshman season in 2020-21 due to a toe injury.

The 2022-23 campaign had the most impact for Johnson on the floor, where he averaged 4.1 points and 2.7 rebounds in 15.9 minutes over 27 games, making two starts. He shot at a 38.7% clip (36-for-93) and posted a 65.8% mark from the foul line (25-for-38).

Johnson, a 6-foot-8, 200-pound forward, has heard from other local teams Duquesne, Pittsburgh and West Virignia, as well as the likes of Kentucky, Indiana and LSU.

A native of Moon Township, a suburb of Pittsburgh, Johnson completed his high school career at Hillcrest Prep in Phoenix, Arizona, where he was coached by 14-year NBA veteran Mike Bibby.

He is the younger brother of Cameron Johnson, also an alumnus of the North Carolina basketball program and a current player for the Brooklyn Nets.

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