HOUSTON (FOX 26) -
Former Purdue starting point guard Ronnie Johnson told FOX 26 Sports he signed his scholarship papers with the University of Houston and is transferring to UH to play for the Cougars.
Johnson, who was on the UH campus on Thursday, was Purdue's second leading scorer at 10.8 points per game and his 3.7 assists were ninth in the Big Ten Conference.
He was second in scoring to his brother, Terone, who is a senior.
Johnson said playing for Cougars head coach Kelvin Sampson is the reason he chose UH.
"He's a winner," Johnson said. "I'm a winner. It just clicked.
"He said how my style of play would fit in perfectly with his style of play and how he wants his team to play.
I just thought the way he explained it, it just went right into what could make my game excel and not just my game, but others around me."
Johnson said he is thrilled with his decision to play for Coach Sampson and UH.
"I'm excited," Johnson said. "I'm ready to turn this place around just like he's trying to do.
"We're going to rock this boat."
Johnson, who has two years of eligibility left, will have to sit out a year.
"Coach (Sampson) knows what he's talking about," Johnson said. "He's coached a lot of good guards.
"Why not learn from him?"