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UCF head coach Johnny Dawkins celebrates with players on the bench during the second round of the NCAA Tournament on Sunday, March 24. The No. 1 overall seed Duke Blue Devils went on to defeat the No. 9 seed UCF Knights 77-76 and earned a Sweet 16 berth at Colonial Life Arena in Columbia, South Carolina.

UCF head coach Johnny Dawkins announced three new additions to the men’s basketball team Thursday.

Point guard Tony Johnson Jr., forward Avery Diggs and center Moses Bol have all signed on for the 2019-20 season.

Johnson — an incoming freshman from Eufaula, Alabama — is heading to UCF after playing at The Skill Factory in Atlanta. Johnson averaged 20.4 points, 5.2 rebounds and 4.3 assists per game during the 2018-19 season, according to the Thursday press release from UCF Athletics.

“We’re very excited about bringing Tony [Johnson] on board,” Dawkins said in the release. “He’s a hard-worker and a gym rat, and he has the potential to develop into a leader for us. He’s physically ready to come in and contribute right away. We’re looking forward to getting Tony on campus.”

Diggs — a native of Brandon, Florida — comes to UCF after one season at Southwest Mississippi College. During his lone season, Diggs averaged 10.3 points, 5.3 rebounds and 1.4 blocked shots per game, according to the release. Diggs shot 58.6% from the floor while also shooting 72.2% from the free throw line.

“Avery [Diggs] is another guy we’re certainly excited about,” Dawkins said per the release. “He’s a skilled big with a high basketball IQ. He’s a true five who can step out and shoot it. He’s got a high upside and should fit in well here. We can’t wait to get started with Avery.”

Bol — a 7-foot-1 center originally from Wau, Sudan — transfers to UCF after spending the previous two seasons at Colby Community College in Kansas. He averaged 5.2 points, 5.7 rebounds and 2.2 blocks per game during his sophomore campaign, according to the release. Bol is also cousins with the late Manute Bol.

“We love the potential we see in Moses [Bol],” Dawkins said in the release. “He’s got good speed and runs the floor really well for a guy his size. That will really help us at the tempo we want to play at. He’s obviously already a really good shot blocker and we are excited to get started working with him.”

The trio will be joined by freshman shooting guard Darin Green Jr. and sophomore forward Ibrahim Famouke Doumbia. Green signed with the team in November 2018, and Doumbia will be eligible to play after sitting out a season due to transfer rules when he came to UCF from South Carolina in the 2017-18 season. 

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