Forward will sit out 2005-06 season

Updated: May 17, 2005, 10:22 PM ET
Associated Press

ALBUQUERQUE -- University of New Mexico basketball coach Ritchie McKay announced Tuesday that Aaron Johnson of Penn State has signed on to play for the Lobos.

The 6-foot-9 forward will sit out the 2005-06 season in accordance with NCAA transfer rules. He will have one year of eligibility remaining in the 2006-07 season.

Johnson led the Big 10 with 9.9 rebounds per game last season and was tied for 14th in the NCAA. He had 24 rebounds in a win over Western Carolina, 20 against Sacred Heart and 21 against Northwestern, making him the only player in the NCAA with multiple 20-plus rebound games last season.

"Any time you can have the kind of success against top competition in the Big 10 that he had proves that he is very motivated to compete at a high level," McKay said in a statement.

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