Crean lauded Johnson for his classroom performance last fall, which he needed after coming up short meeting academic requirements for freshman eligibility. Johnson, who attended Southwest DeKalb High School, spent a year at Hargrave Military Academy in Virginia to improve his academic standing before signing with the Bulldogs.
He never started for Georgia, but filled the role of offensive catalyst and sixth man coming off the bench. Playing his first game against Auburn in the Bulldogs’ 11th game of the season, Johnson played an average of 22.5 minutes in Georgia’s final 16 games of the year. He shot a team best 38,.7 percent from 3-point range.
Both Johnson and graduate Andrew Garcia are simultaneously looking for a school to transfer to while also weighing overseas professional options.
As for the 2021-22 team that remains, there is very little left to recognize. Senior P.J. Horne, who announced over the weekend his plans to return for a fifth season, is the Bulldogs’ only starter and regular to return for next season. Starters Sahvir Wheeler, Toumani Camara, Justin Kier and Tye Fagan are among the other four starters and nine players overall who entered the portal.
That’s the most in the SEC, but not markedly more. Between players in the transfer portal and those considering professional options -- such as Garcia and Johnson, Wheeler also is working out for pro teams – the league has seen a total of 102 players leave their respective teams. That’s an average of 5.4 player per team in the portal and 7.3 overall leaving each conference team.
GEORGIA BASKETBALL 2021-22
P.J. Horne** F 6-6, 230 Sr. Tifton
Josh Taylor F 6-9, 215 RFr. Atlanta
Jonathan Ned F 6-8, 215 Sr. Brentwood, Calif.
Tyron McMillan F 6-9, 220 Jr. New Orleans
Jabri Abdur-Rahim* G 6-7, 214 So. South Orange, NJ (Virginia)
Noah Baumann* G 6-6, 215 Sr. Phoenix (USC)
Braelen Bridges* F 6-10, 235 Sr. Atlanta (Illinois-Chicago)
Jailyn Ingram* G 6-7, 219 Sr. Madison (Florida Atlantic)
Dalen Ridgnal* F 6-6, 200 Jr. Kansas City, Mo. (Cowley CC)
Kario Oquendo* G 6-4, 180 So. Titusville, Fla. (Fla. Southwestern)
Camron McDowell G 6-5, 170 Fr. Powder Springs
Tyrone Baker F 6-9, 190 Fr. Missouri City, Texas
Christian Wright G 6-3, 180 Fr. Atlanta
** ‘Super senior’ does not count against NCAA 13-scholarship maximum
GONE VIA TRANSFER
1. F Jaykwon Walton, 6-7, 205, So., Columbus
2. G Sahvir Wheeler,* 5-10, 180, So., Houston
3. G Christian Brown, 6-6, 215, So., Hopkins, S.C.
4. F Toumani Camara, 6-8, 220, So., Brussels, Belgium
5. G Tye Fagan, 6-3, 195, Jr., Logtown
6. G Mikal Starks, 6-0, 185, Jr., Miami
7. G Justin Kier, 6-4, 190, Gr., Grottoes, Va.
8. F Andrew Garcia,* 6-6, 225, Gr., Bergenfield, N.J.*
9. G K.D. Johnson, 6-1, 190, Fr., Atlanta