For all the defections USC recently has experienced, the Trojans got some good news Thursday when the NCAA granted swingman Marcus Johnson an additional year of eligibility.
The 6-foot-6 graduate of Westchester High in Los Angeles began his college career at Connecticut. He left UConn after playing just one exhibition game at the start of the 2007-08 season, and becomes eligible next season after sitting out the Trojans’ first two games.
Johnson played in 16 games last season, averaging 3.1 points. Probably his most spectacular moment of the season came at the expense of Cal freshman Jorge Gutierrez. Johnson leaped over Gutierrez on a fastbreak and dunked, drawing a foul when his knee hit Gutierrez in the chin.