ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. – Matt Johnson, a 6-4 guard from Baltimore, has signed a National Letter of Intent to attend St. Bonaventure University, Bonnies head coach Mark Schmidt announced. He will be a junior next fall with two seasons of eligibility.
The past year, Johnson attended Howard College, a Division I junior college in Big Spring, Texas where he was coached by Scott Raines.
Johnson helped Howard to an 18-8 record including a 10-6 mark in the Western Junior College Athletic Conference this past season. He was named to the All-Conference team after averaging 14.3 points, 4.8 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game in just 17 minutes per contest. An efficient scorer, Johnson made 40.3 percent (48-for-119) of his three-point shots and 77 percent of his free throws. Johnson finished eighth in the WJCAC in scoring and ninth in three-point percentage.
Johnson scored in double figures 20 of 26 games including five games of 20 points or more. He scored a season-high 27 points in a two-point win over Ranger on Nov. 14.
In 2017-18, Johnson played at Pensacola (Fla.) State, averaging 7.5 points per game.
Johnson graduated from New Town (Md.) High School. He played on two state championship teams there.
"It is exciting to add Matt Johnson to our team," Schmidt said. "He is a skilled, fast-tempo player who fits our system perfectly. He is a ball-screen offense player who understands how we want to play. Matt is a scorer who can help us right away. He comes from a high-level junior college and was very well coached there. Most of all, he is a winner who has been a part of successful programs."
St. Bonaventure finished 18-16 this past season and advanced to the championship game of the Atlantic 10 Tournament. The Bonnies will graduate three seniors -- All-Conference swingman Courtney Stockard, forward LaDarien Griffin and guard Nelson Kaputo. The Bonnies will return six players next fall – point guard Kyle Lofton, guards Alpha Okoli, Jalen Poyser and Dominick Welch, and forwards Osun Osunniyi and Amadi Ikpeze -- and will also add small forward Bobby Planutis, who sat out last season as a transfer, and freshman swingman Justin Winston, who signed an NLI last fall.
Johnson's commitment leaves St. Bonaventure with four open scholarships.
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