Speaking publicly about his transfer for the first time since asking for his release nine days ago, Johnson told The Indianapolis Star he felt like Purdue coach Matt Painter didn’t have confidence in him. In two seasons at Purdue, the 6-foot point guard appeared in 66 games and started 59. He averaged 10.8 points and 3.7 assists as a sophomore and shot 42 percent from the field.
"The system that they played didn’t fit me very well," Johnson said. "There was a lot of subbing and it was hard to get into the flow of the game. I felt like I needed to play through my mistakes like every other guard in the Big Ten was."
"I had already made my mind up," Johnson said. "They had recruited (Brebeuf Jesuit’s P.J. Thompson) so they had another point guard and I felt there’d be even more subbing."
"I felt like he didn’t believe in me," he said. "I felt like the only time I could be myself was in transition. I wasn’t playing freely. I’m looking for the next school where a coach will instill confidence in me and let me be a coach on the floor."
Johnson said he is planning to visit Cincinnati and may also visit Xavier on the same trip. He’ll likely visit Memphis the following weekend and Auburn the week after that. Pittsburgh has also shown interest.
"I’ll probably take five visits and then make a decision," he said.