Exactly one month ago former Washington Husky Bryan Penn-Johnson announced that he was entering the transfer portal. Today he revealed where he’s headed for his next stop. And the answer is to the LSU Tigers.
When committing out of high school there was a point in his recruitment where it appeared that LSU and Utah were the primary competitors to Washington. It appears that Will Wade was able to keep up his relationship with BPJ and reached out after the Husky big man announced he would be moving on.
The initial decision to transfer was somewhat surprising considering it appeared with Nate Roberts as the only other real competition for the starting center spot that he would have a regular spot in the rotation. Given that BPJ is originally from California but went to high school in Utah he clearly did not use the pandemic as a reason to return closer to home given the move to the East Coast. He will likely push for immediate eligibility given the openness of the NCAA to grant waivers recently since LSU has openings along their front line.
LSU was able to sell BPJ on their success integrating Oregon transfer Kavell Bigby-Williams who had a similar body type and averaged 8 points, 7 rebounds, and 2 blocks per game as LSU’s center a few years ago when they made the Sweet 16. Penn-Johnson played a combined 49 minutes in his two seasons at Washington scoring a total of 20 points with 9 rebounds and 8 blocks.
At least Bryan is moving on to a school with a solid color scheme. We wish him the best the rest of his career and are sorry to see him go.
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