Richard Pitino was able to stroll into the NCAA transfer portal and pick up a commitment from a former Western Michigan forward this week.

Thursday, Minnesota received a verbal commitment from Brandon Johnson, an ex-forward at Western Michigan. The 6-foot-8, 220-pound Chicago native should be able to step in immediately and help the Golden Gophers.

“I picked Minnesota because I think it’s the best opportunity for me especially with them being in the B1G Conference,” Johnson told 247Sports. “I think it’s the best way to accomplish my dreams after this year.”

Last season, Johnson averaged 15.4 points, 8.1 rebounds and 1.0 blocks per game for the Broncos. He was an All-MAC third-team selection and joined Western Michigan’s 1,000-point club this year.

As a graduate transfer, Johnson will be immediately eligible for the 2020-21 season. He has one year of eligibility remaining.