Yesterday we had the bombshell that was the news of Nigel Willams-Goss transferring. Today, we get official confirmation from the University of Washington that it is true, and confirmation on Gilles Dierickx' transferring as well.
Niether of those are news, however. The news today is that sophomore wing Darin Johnson is headed out of the University of Washington as well. Johnson had shown physical potential, but it never manifested itself in his two season under Lorenzo Romar: his jumper was inconsistent and he struggled to stay consistently locked in to games mentally.
He lost playing time to Quevyn Winters to begin the season before falling out of the rotation entirely and being surpassed by walk-on Dan Kingma. Johnson did struggle with a quad injury this season, causing him to miss two games in the middle of conference play, and he also didn't touch the floor in either of Washington's final two games. By then he had completely fallen out of the rotation.
His final season with Washington ended with a statline of 5.9 points and 1.6 rebounds in 16.1 minutes.
Johnson's departure had been rumored since the end of the season, likely spurred by him being passed up by a walk-on. It is a shame that his physical abilities were never able to manifest themselves into something greater: he had too many wild drives to the rim without a plan aside from use of his athleticism, and that just won't cut it. He was originally recruited as a four-star prospect according to Rivals and Scout.
The news of Johnson's transfer means that Washington will have only four players returning from last season's team: Andrew Andrews, Jernard Jarreau, Quevyn Winters and Donaven Dorsey. The incoming class of five true freshmen and JuCo transfer Malik Dime will likely be supplemented on the JuCo transfer market or with fifth-year graduate transfers, stay tuned for more information on that front.