Johnnie Vassar to Transfer from Northwestern

Freshman guard Johnnie Vassar will transfer from Northwestern, according to a release from the university.

In the statement released by the team, Chris Collins said, “Johnnie let us know that he has chosen to pursue another university to continue his career. We support his decision and enjoyed having him as a member of the program this season. He is a talented player with a bright future and we wish him nothing but the best in everything he does going forward.”

Vassar was a member of Collins’ first recruiting class, a 3-star point guard, according to ESPN, out of San Juan Capistrano, California. Vassar had attended four different high schools over the course of four years, so he was a bit of an unknown coming into college.

As a freshman, Vassar played in 18 games, averaging just under 4.0 minutes per game. He became known for the flashy dunks that he and the Wildcats performed during pre-game warmups, such as this behind-the-back slam.

Vassar’s departure opens up a scholarship for Collins to use next year. Collins had been recruiting Kipper Nichols, a three-star small forward from Lakewood, Ohio, but didn’t have a scholarship available. Nichols also has offers, according to ESPN, from Maryland, Minnesota, Nebraska, Tulane and Xavier.

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