Pitt basketball player transfers

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Pitt sophomore reserve guard John Johnson has left Pitt and is going to transfer to another school.

Johnson, who started two games last season and averaged 4.2 points per game, did not show up for practice this morning before tonight's game against Fordham. Johnson apparently was upset by not playing in Friday's opener against Mount St. Mary's.

Pitt coach Jamie Dixon said after the game that Johnson was sick and that was the reason he did not play. Johnson tweeted shortly thereafter: "I'm not sick, I'm not hurt."

Johnson watched as a freshman earned a starting position in front of him. James Robinson alongside Tray Woodall in the backcourt. Robinson played 26 minutes versus Mount St. Mary's.

But Dixon was not down on Johnson. Dixon praised Johnson after the final exhibition game and was excited about his future: "John has made tremendous strides over the last 10 days," Dixon said after the Hawaii-Hilo exhibition contest. "It's tremendous strides. I don't think anyone thought he'd be where he is point-guard wise. But he's doing a great job, working hard and playing hard."

Dixon did not seem concerned about having three point guards and appeared dedicated to finding a role for Johnson.

"I'm real excited about them," Dixon added. "I really feel like we have three really good point guards at this point." mobilehome - breaking - pittsports

Ray Fittipaldo: rfittipaldo@post-gazette.com and Twitter@rayfitt1.


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