Johnson enters transfer portal

Mar 10, 2021; Kansas City, MO, USA; Iowa State Cyclones forward Javan Johnson (13) shoots as Oklahoma Sooners guard Umoja Gibson (2) defends during the first half at T-Mobile Center. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

The number of players left over from Iowa State’s 2020-21 roster has shrunk again.

Cyclone Fanatic has confirmed forward Javan Johnson has entered the transfer portal. It was first reported on Twitter by On3‘s Matt Zenitz.

Johnson’s departure leaves T.J. Otzelberger’s first Iowa State roster with only four players who appeared in games wearing a Cyclone uniform last season.

Johnson, who transferred to Iowa State from Troy following the 2018-19 season and sat out the 2019-20 season due to NCAA transfer rules, averaged 9.7 points, 4.3 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game last season. The Decatur, Ala. native appeared in 21 games, starting 18, as the Cyclones went 2-22 overall and 0-18 in the Big 12.

The departure can likely be attributed on some level to Otzelberger’s additions on the wings during this offseason with incoming transfers Gabe Kalscheur, Izaiah Brockington, Tristan Enaruna and Aljaz Kunc all expected to fill roles similar to Johnson’s last season.

Tre Jackson, George Conditt, Jaden Walker and Xavier Foster, who appeared in just a handful of games before season-ending surgery, are now Iowa State’s only returning contributors from last season.

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