After receiving limited playing time in two years at Syracuse, former Lower Merion basketball standout B.J. Johnson announced his decision to transfer on Thursday.

"He wants a chance to go somewhere where he can maximize his playing potential, get 25 minutes or more a game," his father, Bobby Johnson, said. "And with the year off, he'll have time to work on his body and put on a few pounds."

A 6-foot-7, 190-pound sophomore forward, B.J. Johnson averaged 4.1 points and 3.1 rebounds in 25 games in the recently completed season.

As a senior at Lower Merion, Johnson averaged 16.5 points and 7.4 boards while helping the Aces to a 30-3 record and their first PIAA Class AAAA state title since 2006. He was a 1,241-point career.

Before choosing Syracuse, Johnson, 19, considered Rutgers, Temple, and Villanova, among others.