Men's Basketball: Ragin' Cajuns Add Saint Louis Transfer Jalen Johnson To Roster
Matt Sullivan, Director of Athletics Communications
Baton Rouge native started 42 games in two seasons for A-10 BillikensLAFAYETTE – Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns men's basketball coach announced on Thursday the addition of Baton Rouge native and Saint Louis University transfer Jalen Johnson for the 2019-20.
Johnson, a 6-foot-7 forward and former University Lab product, will sit out the 2018-19 season to observe the NCAA Transfer Rule before playing his final two collegiate seasons beginning in 2019-20.
"He's a guy that we recruited out of high school, so we're glad to have him join our team," Marlin said. "He's a versatile player who started 42 games at Saint Louis in two years and averaged close to double figures. He shot right at 40 percent from the 3-point line and is an excellent free throw shooter. He knows how to play and can do a lot of things and he's excited about the opportunity to redshirt (in 2018-19) and work on his body and skill set."
In two seasons for the Atlantic 10 Conference Billikens, Johnson averaged 8.3 points and 4.2 rebounds in 66 games with 42 starts. Johnson converted on 38 percent of his 3-point attempts and was a 76 percent free throw shooter in two seasons for Saint Louis.
Johnson started 18 games as a freshman where he averaged 7.5 points and 4.5 rebounds. As a sophomore, Johnson averaged 9.1 points per game and 3.8 rebounds while converting on 39.4 percent (52-for-132) of his 3-point attempts and 67 of 86 attempts (.779) from the free throw line.
During his prep career at U-High, Johnson helped the Cubs to three straight Louisiana Class 3A state championship (2013-14, 2014-15, 2015-16). He averaged 21.8 points, 8.3 rebounds and 1.4 assists as a senior, helping U-High a 31-4 record.
Johnson was tabbed the MVP of the Class 3A title game after scoring 28 points on 9-of-12 shooting from the field and was named the Louisiana Class 3A Outstanding Player of the Year by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association along with being an All-Metro selection by the Baton Rouge Advocate.
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