Arizona football added a playmaker from the transfer portal on Saturday, so it was only fitting that Arizona basketball should do the same.

Former San Diego State forward Keshad Johnson announced his commitment to the Wildcats on his Instagram page. He shared a video of his family with coach Tommy Lloyd and UA legend Andre Iguodala. The 6-foot-7 senior helped SDSU to a national championship appearance last season.

He entered the portal with one season of eligibility remaining back on April 12. Arizona also announced on Saturday that Johnson has officially signed with the program.


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Johnson picked the Wildcats from a group of finalists that also included Texas Tech, Kentucky, USC, and Oklahoma.

“Keshad brings a lot of experience and versatility to our team from the start,” Lloyd said in a UA statement on Instagram. “He scored 14 points in the national championship game last season and was able to impact the game at both ends of the floor, something that is extremely valuable to any team.

“His leadership and commitment to the team contribute to winning at a high level. We couldn’t be more excited that Keshad and his family are part of our family.”

Johnson started every game for the Aztecs in each of the last two seasons. During last year’s title run, he played 22 minutes a night while averaging 7.7 points and 5.0 rebounds while shooting 53% from the field and 26% from 3-point range. He scored a team-high 14 points against UConn in the national championship game.

Johnson holds career per-40 averages of 12.8 points, 8.8 rebounds, 1.5 assists, one block, and one steal. He’s also a rugged defender.

With former Alabama guard Jaden Bradley also transferring in this offseason, Lloyd appears to have toughened up the Arizona rotation quite a bit.