Kelvin Sampson has already made an impact since getting the head coach job at Houston, getting a commitment from talented junior college transfer Torian Graham last month.
On Thursday, Sampson landed another key piece: Purdue transfer Ronnie Johnson.
Johnson, a 6-foot point guard, decided on the Cougars after visiting this week.
“Ronnie is a left-handed point guard who plays fast and is a talented open-court player. He pushes the ball, gets into the paint and fits well with our up-tempo style,” Sampson said in a statement. “He is an all-around student-athlete and will be a great addition to our program.”
When Johnson first left Purdue, it was thought that Xavier was the favorite to land his commitment. But the Musketeers backed off after a couple of weeks, and Houston emerged as the frontrunner.
Johnson will have two years of eligibility remaining after sitting out the 2014-15 season. He averaged 10.8 points and 3.7 assists last season at Purdue.