What I reported last week has been made official…Markell Johnson will be returning to NC State for his Senior Season.
Johnson went through the NBA Draft Evaluation Process, and despite not receiving an invitation to the 2019 NBA Combine, he did workout for the Atlanta Hawks and the Charlotte Hornets.
This is huge news for the Wolfpack.
Johnson improved in nearly every facet of the game in 2018-19.
- Field Goal Percentage – 46% –> 48.8%
- 3-Point Percentage – 40.9% –> 42.2%
- 2-Point Percentage – 49.1% –> 56.7%
- Points Peg Game – 8.9 –> 12.6
- Turnovers – 3.2 –> 2.2
He did see his Assist average go down last season (from an ACC best 7.3 to 4.2), but that was due to the team needing him to be more of a playmaker.
Part of Johnson’s issues as a Junior was foul trouble. He averaged 4 less minutes per game.
Johnson has NBA talent, but he will need to grow as a Senior, and stay on the court, and play more aggressively on a consistent basis.
The return of Markell makes NC State a prospective NCAA Tournament team next year.