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University of Miami basketball lands third transfer, this one a local high school star

Florida Gulf Coast University guard Zach Johnson, shown here during the 2016 NCAA Tournament, is transferring to the University of Miami for his final year of eligibility.
Florida Gulf Coast University guard Zach Johnson, shown here during the 2016 NCAA Tournament, is transferring to the University of Miami for his final year of eligibility. AP

Former Miami Norland High star Zach Johnson is coming home for his final year of college basketball. Johnson, who is scheduled to graduate from Florida Gulf Coast University this summer, will transfer to the University of Miami.

As a grad transfer, he would be eligible to play immediately. Johnson is the third transfer guard signed by the Hurricanes this month, along with Oklahoma sophomore Kameron McGusty and Wyoming freshman Anthony Mack.

The three new players will help fill the void caused by the graduation of Ja’Quan Newton and the departures of Bruce Brown and Lonnie Walker IV to the NBA Draft. Dewan Huell, a former teammate of Johnson’s at Norland, also entered his name into the draft, but did not hire an agent, leaving open the option of returning to the Hurricanes.

Johnson, 6-2, was a three-year starter for the Eagles after sitting out his freshman year for an undisclosed medical reason. He averaged 16.1 points per game last season and scored 37 in the Eagles’ Atlantic Sun Championship game loss to Lipscomb.

He chose Miami over Louisville, Creighton and Arizona.

"First of All I Would Like To Thank My FGCU Family For Everything During My Time There The Relationships I Have Built Will Never Be Forgotten. With That Being Said I am Proud and Happy To Announce That I Will Be Attending The University of Miami For My Grad Year. #CANES" Johnson posted on his Twitter account.

McGusty started 25 games for the Sooners over two seasons and averaged 9.4 points. He also considered Houston and Virginia Tech. He averaged 17 points as a freshman, but just eight points as a sophomore due to the emergence of freshman Trae Young. McGusty would sit out the 2018-19 Hurricanes season per NCAA transfer rules, and have two years of eligibility left.

Mack, who sat out his first season with concussion issues, will be reunited with high school teammate Deng Gak, who redshirted with Miami.

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