Meechie Johnson
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South Carolina Guard Meechie Johnson Announces Transfer Back To Ohio State

It turns out you can go home again.

Cleveland native and former Ohio State Buckeye, Meechie Johnson has announced that he is transferring back to OSU.

Johnson began his career as a Buckeye, spending two years at Ohio State before transferring to South Carolina for the 2022-2023 season.

Johnson has started 62 of the 63 games he’s played the past two seasons, scoring in double figures 42 times.

As a fourth-year junior this season, Johnson (6-2 172) led the Gamecocks with 14.1 points per game. He added 4.1 rebounds per game and 2.9 assists per game.

Johnson has never been a consistent shooter, connecting on just 40% of his field goal attempts this season and 36% the year before.

In Johnson’s first go-round at Ohio State, he played in 17 games as a true freshman. He enrolled a year early because the 2020-2021 season would not count against his four years of eligibility. He averaged 1.2 points per game that season.

In his second season, he played in 26 games, starting five. Johnson averaged 4.4 points per game and shot 31% from the field. He scored 38 points in his first four games that season, and then just 33 points in his final 14 games.

Johnson was a four-star recruit out of Garfield Heights High School in Cleveland. He was ranked the No. 133 player in the nation and the No. 23 point guard. He was the No. 2 player in the state of Ohio in the 2020 recruiting class.

On Tuesday, Ohio State starting point guard Bruce Thornton announced that he is returning to OSU for his junior season. One day earlier, starting center Felix Okpara did the same.

[Meechie Johnson header photo courtesy of the South Carolina Dept. of Athletics.]

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