Quaker Valley’s Adou Thiero isn’t the only guard that Jeff Capel’s program is hosting on Monday.
Ohio State transfer guard Meechie Johnson announced last week that he was transferring and today made his first official visit as he looks to find his next basketball home.
Johnson is in Oakland today getting his first full look at the University of Pittsburgh and will tour the campus, facilities and meet various members of the Pitt Panther program. Ohio native John Hugley will no doubt be a big part of Johnson’s trip to Pitt and will likely spend a good portion of the day with him.
The native of Garfield Heights, Ohio enrolled at Ohio State early during the 2020-21 season, in what would have been his senior year of high school. That year Johnson was already in the process of recovering from a torn ACL that he suffered at the end of his sophomore season in high school.
Johnson was in the Buckeyes starting lineup to start this season but was soon replaced by freshman star Malaki Branham. Injuries also hampered Johnson as he was forced to deal with an ankle injury, a concussion and a facial fracture, that forced him to wear a protective mask the second half of the season.
In 26 games this season, Johnson averaged 4.4 points, 1.5 rebounds and 1.2 assists in 17 minutes per game. Johnson was a major 4-star recruit back in the Class of 2020 and was ranked No. 126 overall nationally by 247 Sports.
Since the end of the season, Ithiel Horton and Femi Odukale both transferred so Pitt needs to add to their guard depth and Johnson would be a big get for Capel. Reportedly, Johnson is also supposed to visit LSU and South Carolina but Pitt is hoping it doesn’t get to that point and he chooses to sign with them first.