Diamond Johnson reacts to Arella Guirantes returning to Rutgers for one more season

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Rutgers head coach C. Vivian Stringer embraces Diamond Johnson (Photo: Martin Soaries / Basketball Society)

Johnson can’t wait to play with the reigning Big Ten scoring leader.

Diamond Johnson already has a top ten ranked recruiting class in the nation to work with at Rutgers in her approaching freshman season. She will also have a chance to play with Arella Guirantes.

Guirantes, the unanimous First Team All-Big Ten selection, was eligible to declare for the 2020 WNBA Draft as a redshirt junior. A month ago she made her decision public that she would forego the draft and return to Rutgers for one more season.

Johnson described Arella as a player who “can do everything”, and is clearly excited about the chance to play alongside her.

I did ask Diamond about how she felt playing with another dominant scorer. Someone who is used to averaging 30 points per game isn’t always thrilled about sharing the spotlight.

That’s not the case with Diamond. She only sees the potential greatness in the opportunity to combine Guirantes’ talent with her incoming class. Johnson made reference to other top recruits Elizabeth Martino and Chyna Cornwell who help make up the no. 1 ranked incoming class in the Big Ten.

Things could get “dangerous”, Diamond said.

The Scarlet Knights will also have All-Big Ten Defensive Team selection Tekia Mack returning for her senior season.

Pairing the abilities of Diamond Johnson with Arella Guirantes has the offensive potential to liberate Rutgers from their untimely struggles on that side of the floor. Guirantes’ decision effectively helped solidify the makings of a legitimate national contender for head coach C. Vivian Stringer.

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