After a down year, the Pitt Panthers men’s basketball team was hopeful that it would get soon-to-be senior guard Durand Johnson back from a season-long suspension. Those hopes won’t come to fruition, as it was announced on Tuesday that Johnson will transfer from the Pitt basketball program.
#Pitt news – Durand Johnson is no longer a part of the program.
— Paul Zeise (@PaulZeise) April 14, 2015
It wasn’t announced where he will transfer to at the time of print.
“It is time to move on. It is time to look for another guy to look for the opportunity to step in. We were aware of this recently,” head coach Jamie Dixon told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Paul Zeise. “We are now going to help Durand in any way that we can find a good situation to finish his college career. I can’t obviously speak to the specifics o the situation, but it should be said that we have had no other issues with Durand.”
Johnson was suspended for unknown reasons a day before the the 2014 basketball season began. As a sophomore, he averaged 8.8 points per game before tearing his ACL.
According to Zeise’s report, the loss of Johnson will free up a scholarship for next year.