Pitt basketball’s foundational backcourt is officially set.
The Panthers announced Wednesday that 3-star guard Xavier Johnson signed his National Letter of Intent to play for their program.
“Xavier is an outstanding guard prospect with the athleticism and skill set to be an impact player on our team,” Pitt coach Jeff Capel said in a university release. “His quickness and competitiveness are his biggest assets and he has also shown the ability to use both to take over the game on either end of the floor. Xavier has the opportunity to be a building block for the future of our program. I am looking forward to having the opportunity to work with him as he continues his growth as a player and as a person.”
Johnson ranks as the 20th combo guard and 223rd overall player in the country, according to 247Sports.com’s composite rankings. He averaged 18.4 points, 4.0 rebounds and 4.3 assists per game for Bishop O’Connell High School this season.
Guards became a necessity for newly-hired Pitt coach Jeff Capel after freshman Marcus Carr announced his intent to transfer. Since then, the Panthers have filled the need.
Johnson is the second signee in the Class of 2018 for the Panthers, joining 4-star guard Trey McGowans, who signed with Pitt last week. The duo represent the building blocks for the rebuild of Pitt basketball under Capel.
The Panthers also got word Tuesday that junior guard Malik Ellison was returning to Pitt after asking for his release following the firing of Kevin Stallings.