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Western Kentucky’s Justin Johnson — a senior and pretty good basketball player — is now the newest member of the WKU football team. He has a football scholarship now. And guess what? He’s walking onto the basketball team next year. Yeah, a guy who averaged almost 12 points per game last season is a walk-on for the Hilltoppers now.
William & Mary grad transfer picks Georgetown (Casual Hoya)
Greg Malinowski, a former Tribe shooting guard who was a reliable starter for Bill & Mary, has decided to finish out his college career as a member of the Hoyas. Malinowski should provide a solid bench presence for Georgetown head coach Patrick Ewing (that still feels awesome to type) in his first season.
Leland King transfers to UCSB (Reno Gazette-Journal)
Nevada was basically the only Mountain West Conference program of note last season, but now the Wolf Pack are losing a player who they received as a transfer. King, originally a student at Brown, came to Nevada and helped them reach success this past season.
However, his decision to leave for UCSB seems to be familiar territory for the Wolf Pack, who aren’t wasting time handing out his scholarship. As Chris Murray writes:
King's open scholarship was used to recruit St. John's transfer Darien Williams, who also is a graduate transfer and eligible to play for the Wolf Pack this season.
King and Ramsey are the fourth and fifth transfers out of Nevada in the last two seasons, joining Eric Cooper Jr. (Pepperdine) as well as Kaileb Rodriguez and Sam Williams, who both transferred to lower-division schools last season.
VCU transfer Samir Doughty is headed to Auburn (NBC Sports College Basketball Talk)
The exodus of VCU players/coaches at the end of this past season was detrimental, and one of the program’s transfers, Samir Doughty, has picked a new home. Doughty would’ve been a great asset for new Rams coach Mike Rhoades, but this skilled guard is instead going to try and help Bruce Pearl get the Auburn program back up and running.
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