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Two Loyola Men’s Basketball Players Enter the Transfer Portal Following 2021-2022 Season

Zack Miller | The PhoenixChicago native and former DePaul Prep athlete, Ty Johnson, averaged 0.8 points, 0.5 rebounds, 0.3 assists and 0.3 steals per game over 52 total minutes of playtime.

With the conclusion of the 2021-2022 collegiate men’s basketball season, over 1,000 players have entered the transfer portal, according to Verbal Commits.

Included in this list of players are two from Loyola’s roster — senior forward Damezi Anderson and first-year guard Ty Johnson. 

Ty Johnson

Johnson announced his entry into the transfer portal on his Instagram April 1.

“Being able to play for a school in my own city is more than a player could ask for,” he wrote in the post. “Loyola will always be a home for me but now it’s time to level up and find a new place to call home.” 

The Chicago native came to Loyola from DePaul College Prep, where he was named to the second-team all-city and received all-state honorable mentions during his junior year. That same year, he averaged 20.1 points, 3.1 rebounds and 2.3 steals per game. 

During his senior year at DePaul Prep, Johnson averaged 20.2 points, 4.1 rebounds and 3.4 assists per game. He also led the Rams to a victory in the Chipotle Clash of Champions that year — a tournament between Chicagoland high schools — along with receiving all-city and all-state recognition.

Johnson made 13 appearances in the maroon and gold during his first year at Loyola, scoring in three of them. He made a season-high seven points and three rebounds against Roosevelt University Dec. 7.

Over 52 minutes of playtime, Johnson averaged 0.8 points, 0.5 rebounds, 0.3 assists and 0.3 steals per game. He made his collegiate debut in the season opener blowout game against Coppin State University Nov. 9, during which he logged a steal and an assist.

Damezi Anderson 

Anderson entered the transfer portal for the second time in his collegiate career March 29, which was confirmed by Loyola Athletics April 5.

Anderson transferred to Loyola from Indiana University (IU), where he played for the 2018-2019 and 2019-2020 seasons. Before playing for the Hoosiers, he was ranked the No. 2 player in Indiana while at Riley High School.

During his first year at IU, Anderson competed in 21 games and averaged 1.5 points and 1.1 rebounds per contest. The next season, he made 18 appearances and increased his averages to 2.8 points and 2.2 rebounds per game. 

Anderson transferred to Loyola for the 2020-2021 and made his first appearance as a Rambler against the University of St. Francis Dec. 22, during which he logged a season-high five points and two assists over seven minutes.

The South Bend, Indiana native was able to play for Loyola after the NCAA ruled on allowing transfers to have immediate eligibility. However, the game against St. Francis was one of just four Anderson competed in during his two years at Loyola as he redshirted the 2021-2022.

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