Oregon signee Dior Johnson expected to leave Ducks class, per report
Despite signing a letter of intent last November, reports have emerged that 4-star guard Dior Johnson is expected to decommit from Oregon.
ESPN’s Jonathan Givony had the news first, saying that Johnson will look to explore other college options. He committed to Oregon in June of 2021. Since then, Oregon has stocked its backcourt with a pair of veteran transfers and learned that Will Richardson will return for his final year in Eugene.
Dior Johnson, ESPN's No. 35 prospect in 2022, will decommit from Oregon and explore other college options, a source told ESPN. Oregon signed two veteran power-5 guards from the NCAA transfer portal and return starting PG Will Richardson, who entered the NBA draft. pic.twitter.com/kei5aW8Hqf
— Jonathan Givony (@DraftExpress) June 9, 2022
Oregon will need to release Johnson from his LOI. There has been no official announcement on that front, as of publication.
The 6-foot-3 point guard ranks as the 37th overall prospect in the 2022 class, per the 247 Composite. Johnson’s rated as the seventh-best point guard in his class and the fifth-best prospect from the state of California. Johnson has bounced around as a prospect, playing for 10 different high schools in five different states.
Johnson initially committed to Syracuse way back in February of 2020 but decommitted nine months later. In May 2021, he released a top five that featured Oregon, Kentucky, Alabama, Washington, and the NBL, the pro league in Australia and New Zealand.
This offseason, Oregon has added transfers from South Carolina and Colorado to the backcourt to replace the departed Jacob Young and De’Vion Harmon. Jermaine Couisnard comes over after 11.6 points a game for the Gamecocks across his three years on the court. Keeshawn Barthelemy broke out for the Buffaloes last year, scoring 11.1 points a game while dishing 2.4 assists in 26 minutes.
Richardson is also coming back after testing the NBA Draft waters. He led the team in scoring last season.
The Ducks do have other guards coming in the 2022 class, though. Tyrone Williams, the third-ranked JUCO prospect, has signed already. JUCO guard Brennan Rigsby is also on his way after committing this past February. Kel’el Ware—a 5-star center tearing it up for the U18 US Basketball squad at the FIBA U18 Americas Championship—has also signed.