After three seasons at Rutgers, center Myles Johnson is returning to the West Coast and joining UCLA as a graduate transfer for the 2021-22 season.

The 6-foot-11 rising senior from Long Beach, Calif., entered the transfer portal last month after averaging 8.0 points, 8.5 rebounds and 2.4 blocks in 28 games (22 starts) for the Scarlet Knights in 2020-21.

Johnson is graduating from Rutgers this spring with a degree in electrical and computer engineering and will enroll in UCLA's graduate engineering program.

"We're very excited to add Myles Johnson to our program," Bruins coach Mick Cronin said in a news release on Monday. "Myles has a vision for where he wants to be and what he aspires to do, beyond playing basketball, and I believe that he's a great fit for UCLA.

"He is an experienced player who has really improved during his four years in college, and he will be a critical piece for us in the frontcourt next season. With Myles having graduated from nearby Long Beach Poly, I know that he's looking forward to being back in Southern California and playing in Pauley Pavilion."

This past season, Johnson led Rutgers to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1991 before falling to Houston in the Round of 32. UCLA reached the Final Four before losing to Gonzaga.

Johnson improved his scoring and rebounding outputs each season with the Scarlet Knights. As a freshman, he averaged 4.8 points and 5.7 rebounds per game before upping that to 7.8 points and 7.9 rebounds as a sophomore.

--Field Level Media

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