Johnson not medically cleared to play for Gophers

Ben Gotz

Incoming freshman guard Jarvis Johnson will not be medically cleared to play basketball at the University of Minnesota.

Johnson will still accept his scholarship and remain a part of the basketball program, according to a university athletic department release.

“Unfortunately, Jarvis Johnson will not be playing on our team this season,” head coach Richard Pitino  said in a statement. “However, we are extremely excited that he has decided to accept his scholarship and pursue his undergraduate degree here at the [university,] where he will also remain a part of our program. Jarvis is a tremendous young man, and we look forward to having him here.”

Johnson was one of seven incoming men’s basketball recruits, and the lone incoming freshman from the state of Minnesota .

Johnson won four state titles in high school with DeLaSalle , but suffered a heart attack in 8th grade on a basketball court .

His senior season of high school, Johnson averaged 11.3 points, 3.5 assists and 2.3 steals per game .