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Buzz Williams, A&M hoops grab Mississippi State transfer Jalen Johnson

August 6, 2021

Buzz Williams and the Texas A&M basketball program are adding another player to the roster from the transfer portal.

Jalen Johnson, a redshirt senior from Mississippi State, who stands 6'6" and weighs 210 pounds, committed to the Aggies following his official visit to Aggieland on July 30.

Johnson, who began his collegiate career playing the first three seasons at Saint Louis and Louisiana-Lafayette, has tallied 1,186 points and 536 rebounds in 123 career games (86 starts). He has also hit 158 3-pointers.

Last season, the guard/forward averaged just over 16 minutes of action, scoring 5.2 points and 1.7 rebounds per game for Ben Howland and Mississippi State. He missed the final seven games of the season due to injury but still ended the season with the third-most 3-pointers made on the team (25). Last season, Johnson connected on 37.3 percent of his long-range attempts and 38.6 percent of his total field goal attempts.

The Aggies faced Johnson twice last season. In the first matchup, he saw 19 minutes, scoring six points and grabbing two rebounds, with one assist, one steal and one turnover.

In his second matchup against the Aggies, which was the final game he played before an injury ended his season, Johnson played only three minutes.

This pick-up is a great way to add experience and veteran leadership. A guy who is accustomed to the grind and has experienced adversity, success and tough battles throughout college at every level.

Buzz has added a lot of young talent, but there are situations when youngsters take more time than previously thought to adjust to the collegiate level. Jalen Johnson will not only help the young players grow and develop, but he'll be an example of how to work and will log much-needed minutes as Buzz likes to rotate his subs in and out to figure out the best combination of players for each game.

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