Ohio State freshman guard Meechie Johnson announced on Tuesday that he is entering the transfer portal.
“Since a kid, I’ve always dreamed of playing at The Ohio State University, and I will always be able to say God gave me what my heart desired,” Johnson wrote in a social media post.
“First, I would like to thank God for all of the opportunities he’s allowed me to have and also my family and friends who have been there for me throughout this long journey!
“Second, I want to thank the entire coaching staff, strength coaches, trainers, alumni, and professors for contributing to me having a wonderful experience while attending The Ohio State University.
“With that being said, I will be entering the transfer portal.”
Johnson enrolled early and reclassified to the 2020 class and played in 17 games in 2020-2021. Because of COVID, student-athletes were granted a free year of eligibility, so Johnson actually began the 2021-2022 as a true freshman as well.
Johnson played in 26 games this past season for the Buckeyes, starting five times. He suffered a facial injury in practice which cost him a handful of games. Johnson averaged 4.4 points per game this past season. He had games of 13 and 14 points in just the third and fourth game of the season for Ohio State, but never posted double figures again. Johnson scored just 26 points over the course of the Buckeyes’ final 15 points of the season.
The Buckeyes will need a replacement for departed starting point guard Jamari Wheeler and Johnson was going to be one of the possibilities. He was likely going to have a difficult time keeping incoming freshman Bruce Thornton out of the lineup, however. Thornton is the No. 8 point guard in the 2022 class and is the Georgia Player of the Year.
Ohio State head coach Chris Holtmann will also likely look to the transfer portal for help once again. Forward Justice Sueing announced his intention to return to the Buckeyes next season and he has a history of playing some point guard for Ohio State as well, but only in stretches.