It's official: Sidiki Johnson leaves Wildcats

2011-12-04T15:16:00Z 2011-12-04T15:56:58Z It's official: Sidiki Johnson leaves WildcatsBruce Pascoe Arizona Daily Star

The Arizona Wildcats and freshman forward Sidiki Johnson have parted ways for good.

UA announced today that Johnson "has left the program with the intention of transferring to another institution." Johnson had been suspended for two weeks for what UA termed "violations of team policy."

Despite being the projected backup center this season, Johnson played just seven minutes over three games for the Wildcats. After he did not play at all against Mississippi State on Nov. 18 at Madison Square Garden, Johnson did not did not accompany the team back from New York.

Johnson was suspended three days later and remained in New York until last weekend when he returned to Arizona last weekend to finish up the academic semester. If he leaves while eligible, he will receive an automatic release from Arizona and only cost the school one point in the Academic Progress Ratings that measure eligibility and retention.

Leaving while ineligible would cost Arizona two points; each player can score a maximum of two points each semester by staying eligible and returning.

Since he suspended Johnson after the New York trip, UA coach Sean Miller has not permitted him to practice with the team or attend games, saying Johnson's only focus was academics. Miller did not issue a comment in UA's release today and was unavailable for comment.

Johnson was the first player to commit to Arizona in the recruiting class of 2011, as a high school junior. But he had a history of changing schools before he arrived in Tucson, having moved in the middle of last season from Virginia's Oak Hill Academy to his hometown Wadleigh High School in Harlem. He also attended St. Raymond's in the Bronx and St. Benedict's in New Jersey earlier in his prep career.

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