As talk about "Philly swagger" and Wednesday's game against La Salle at the Palestra have come to the forefront for Penn State basketball, it's fitting that the team will add yet another Philadelphia presence to the program.
After being confirmed by Lions247, the Nittany Lions have landed transfer and former Pittsburgh guard John Johnson. Johnson, a sophomore, is expected to enroll at Penn State in January and play once the 2013 fall semester is finished.
Johnson, a Philadelphia native, is the second transfer from the city coach Patrick Chambers has brought in. Current starting guard D.J. Newbill transferred to Penn State from Southern Miss following the 2010-11 season.
The former Panther guard played in all 39 games last year as a freshman, and contributed 4.2 points per game while shooting 38 percent from the field.
However, the 6-foot-1 guard, who also had offers from Notre Dame, Villanova, and the Lions coming out of high school (via Rivals.com), didn't see time in the Panthers' 2012 season opener.
While Chambers and company clearly welcomed the transfer, the addition of Johnson could pose problems for Lions next year in regards to scholarships.
As of now, the Lions aren't expected to have any open scholarships in 2013-14. While redshirt junior Sasa Borovnjak is rumored to graduate this spring, that scholarship is expected to be used by Tim Frazier, who is missing this season with a ruptured Achilles tendon.