It may have been a day late but South Carolina received a much needed Christmas present on Wednesday afternoon when Tyrone Johnson elected to transfer to the Gamecocks from Villanova.
Head coach Frank Martin's relationship with Tyrone Johnson went a long way in him picking the Gamecocks.
Johnson will enroll at South Carolina for the 2013 spring semester and will be eligible to play on Dec. 17th, which is the day after South Carolina's 2013 fall semester exams end. Johnson will be classified as a sophomore for the 2013-14 season. He can begin practicing with the team the team as soon as he enrolls.
The 6-foot-2 guard visited the Gamecocks back in early November and it was his relationship with Frank Martin that gave the Gamecocks the edge.
"I really built a great relationship with Coach Martin," Johnson told TheBigSpur. "I feel like South Carolina can be the best situation for me to come in and contribute right away, and I feel like with me and Coach Martin having a built that bond, that was the best spot to come in and flourish my game at the highest level."
The Gamecocks are looking for Johnson to come in and provide help in the backcourt. The versatile combo guard is capable of playing either the point or shooting guard position, but the South Carolina staff has a specific role in mind for when Johnson arrives.
"They want me to come in and be a point guard," Johnson said. "They want me to come in to be a leader and to help out their program with my style of play."
Along with his relationship with Martin, Johnson talked about several qualities of the South Carolina campus that caught his attention during the visit.
"I liked the athletic facilities," Johnson said. "The academic center and the community just as a whole is great. With all those things, I think that all the pieces to reach my potential are at South Carolina for me to be the best I can be."
The New Jersey native was ranked a four-star prospect and the No. 12 PG in the country by 247sports out of high school.