Johnson, a junior, started 28 games for Nittany Lions

Updated: March 28, 2005, 7:19 PM ET

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- Aaron Johnson has decided to finish his collegiate career elsewhere.

Penn State coach Ed DeChellis on Monday announced that Johnson, a junior forward and second-leading scorer, will transfer.

"At the end of this past season, I spoke with Aaron to discuss his future with the program," DeChellis said. "Following our discussion, both Aaron and I came to a mutual understanding that it would be better if Aaron continued his basketball career at a different institution."

Johnson averaged 11.8 points and 9.9 rebounds in 30 games, including 28 starts, as the Nittany Lions finished 7-23, their third 20-loss season in the last four years. Penn State also came within one game of going winless in the Big Ten Conference, edging Northwestern, 65-62, on January 22.

"Coach DeChellis and I sat down following the season to discuss my future here at Penn State," Johnson said. "We came to the conclusion that I would pursue my basketball career elsewhere."

Johnson has one year of playing eligibility remaining.