Former 'Hoo Johnson Lands at Liberty

One-time Virginia forward James Johnson is returning to the Commonwealth for his final season of college basketball.

Liberty University announced Johnson's signing in a release Wednesday morning. The 6-10 forward will head to Lynchburg after spending the last season-and-a-half at San Diego State.

Johnson will be eligible to play for the Flames next season.

"We are thrilled to welcome James to our program," Liberty coach Dale Layer said in a school release on Wednesday. "He is a very versatile and skilled player, who can score in several ways. I look forward to working with him and having him contribute to next year's team."

A San Diego native, Johnson was part of Tony Bennett's initial six-player recruiting class at UVa. Johnson redshirted the 2010-11 season at UVa, then appeared in six games for the Cavaliers in 2011-12 before transferring mid-season.

Per NCAA transfer rules, Johnson was eligible to join the Aztecs midway through the 2012-13 season. He played in 30 games the past two years at San Diego State, including 17 appearances during the Aztecs' NCAA Sweet 16 run this past season.

Johnson also has family ties to Lynchburg, as both of his sisters attended Liberty.

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