Texas guard Chris Johnson enters the NCAA Transfer Portal

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Texas guard Chris Johnson has entered the NCAA Transfer Portal, per On3’s Joe Tipton. Johnson only spent one season with the Longhorns.

In his lone campaign with Texas, Johnson appeared in 17 games and made zero starts. The 6-foot-5 freshman averaged 4.5 minutes, 1.1 points and 0.4 assists per game while shooting 42.1% from the field and 28.6% from beyond the arc.

Chris Johnson played high school basketball at Montverde Academy (FL), where he was a four-star prospect. He was the No. 53 overall recruit in the 2023 cycle, according to the On3 Industry Ranking, a weighted average that utilizes all four major recruiting media companies.

He originally signed with Kansas but was released from his letter of intent last summer and joined the Texas program. After Texas’ loss to Tennessee in the second round of the NCAA Tournament, Johnson told reporters he planned to return to the program, per the “Austin American-Statesman.”

Evidently, those plans changed. Johnson is the third Texas player to enter the transfer portal, joining Alex Anamekwe and Gavin Perryman. Texas finished with a 21-13 record this season in only head coach Rodney Terry’s second campaign at the helm.

Rodney Terry earns massive bonus from Texas

According to Steve Berkowitz of USA Today, Terry is set to make $75,000 in bonuses following the 21-12 finish to the season. He led Texas to the NCAA Tournament for the second consecutive season and has now compiled a 43-20 overall record in his two years as head coach. 

Terry took over midway through the 2022-23 season after coach Chris Beard was let go. He went on to take them to the Elite Eight and agreed to a five-year contract that would remove his interim tag and make him the official head coach. The deal was reportedly worth $15.3 million. 

Texas took Tennessee down to the wire Saturday before suffering the 62-58 loss. Tyrese Hunter and Chendall Weaver tied for the team-high with 13 points in the loss. 

Free throws wound up being the difference, with Dalton Knecht playing the hero in the waning seconds. Making four shots sent the Volunteers into the Sweet Sixteen for the second season in a row, a great accomplishment under Rick Barnes.

Now Terry will prepare to lead Texas into the SEC, where it will have a chance to get its revenge against the Vols in 2024-25.