The University of Louisville men’s basketball program and head coach Pat Kelsey announced Wednesday the signing of transfer Koren Johnson to the 2024-25 roster.

The 6-foot-2 guard (first name pronounced CORE-in) comes to The Ville after two seasons at Washington, where he was named the 2024 Pac-12 Sixth Man of the Year as a sophomore. He’ll have two years of eligibility remaining.

“Koren is an electric athlete,” said Kelsey. “A natural scorer, he also has the ability to alter the game in a flash with his defensive instincts. He can take over a game on any given night and can do so in a variety of ways. Highly respected by the coaches of the Pac-12, he was deservedly named conference 6th Man of the Year.”

Johnson averaged 11.1 points, 2.7 assists and 2.2 rebounds in 2023-24. He started the season with a 25-point outburst against Bellarmine, then finished the campaign on another productive tear.

Over the last eight games of the season, Johnson averaged 18.5 points and 4.0 assists per game, while making 22 of 42 3-pointers (52.3%). He scored a career-high 30 points in a win over Stanford on Feb. 15, making 6 of 10 long-range attempts.

Johnson shot 37.3% from 3 overall last season, racked up 83 assists with just 42 turnovers and snagged 38 steals. His 344 points scored were the most by a Washington bench player since 2002.

The Seattle native averaged 6.8 points and 1.8 assists in 29 appearances as a freshman.

He was ranked as the No. 25 point guard in the nation coming out of high school by ESPN, as well as the No. 1 recruit in Washington. Johnson competed for Garfield High School and led the team to the 2020 Class 3A state championship. In the COVID-shortened 2021 season, he averaged 28 points, five rebounds and four assists per game.

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