Mystery recruit is point guard?

May 8, 2009
Former University of San Diego point guard Trumaine Johnson takes a shot against St. Mary's last season. Johnson, who is visiting Iowa this weekend, wouldn't be eligible to compete until the 2010-11 season due to NCAA rules.

Former University of San Diego point guard Trumaine Johnson takes a shot against St. Mary's last season. Johnson, who is scheduled to visit Iowa this weekend, wouldn't be eligible to compete until the 2010-11 season due to NCAA rules.

Former University of San Diego guard Trumaine Johnson apparently is the mystery recruit visiting Iowa this weekend.

Johnson, who will be a junior, could be offered a scholarship this weekend. He would have to sit out for one year, but placed under scholarship.

Iowa Coach Todd Lickliter wouldn’t comment directly on Johnson — or any potential recruit, per NCAA transfer rules — but acknowledged he will entertain a recruit on a visit this weekend.

“We will have a visit this weekend,” he said. “I don’t know for sure how that will play out.”

Iowa has been searching for at least one point guard after the school’s top three announced they were leaving. Iowa signed Cully Payne, who will be a freshman next year but other than Anthony Tucker, a ready-made shooting guard, the Hawkeyes don’t have a bona fide point guard with experience on their roster.

Johnson, who stands 6-foot-2, brings a tough, but admittedly hard-headed approach to basketball. He’s had issues with coaches because he integrates Houston street ball with his point guard responsibilities. One wonders if Johnson, one of the West Coast Conference’s best point guards, could succeed under Lickliter’s disciplined offensive approach. He averaged 11.6 points a game but played in only 14 games, starting 11. He left the team in mid-February, and the school announced Johnson’s departure on Feb. 24. Here’s the announcement:

JOHNSON TO TRANSFER AT END OF SEMESTER: Sophomore guard Trumaine Johnson (Houston, TX) will not return to the team this season, and he will transfer at the end of the semester, it was announced today by head coach Bill Grier. This season he appeared in 14 games with 11 starts and averaged 11.6 points per game. Last year as a freshman he played in 35 games with 16 starts and averaged 5.7 points per game.


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