Incoming Freshman recruit Jarvis Johnson, coach Richard Pitino’s top player from the state of Minnesota, found out today that he will not be medically cleared to play basketball for the Gophers. Johnson, who suffers from a heart condition, led DeLasalle to 4 straight state championships.
STATEMENT FROM JARVIS JOHNSON AND FAMILY & UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA ATHLETICS:
“It has been determined that Jarvis will not be medically cleared to play basketball at the University of Minnesota. While we are extremely disappointed, the health and welfare of Jarvis is our highest priority. We are excited that Jarvis has decided to accept his scholarship to the U and will remain a part of the basketball program. Coach Pitino and his staff are looking forward to having Jarvis on campus, where he will get an outstanding college education while supporting the team in any way he can. Jarvis has dreamed of being a part of the Gopher basketball family; and we are happy that he will be.”
STATEMENT FROM HEAD COACH RICHARD PITINO:
“Unfortunately, Jarvis Johnson will not be playing on our team this season. However, we are extremely excited that he has decided to accept his scholarship and pursue his undergraduate degree here at the U, where he will also remain a part of our program. Jarvis is a tremendous young man, and we support him and look forward to having him here.”