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Johnson, a junior, started 28 games for Nittany Lions

3/28/2005

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.