Louisville F Johnson transfers to Mississippi State

Updated: August 23, 2006, 6:13 PM ET
By Andy Katz | ESPN.com

Former Louisville forward Brian Johnson started school last week at Mississippi State and will be eligible to play for the Bulldogs for the 2007-08 season.

The transfer was announced Wednesday by Mississippi State head basketball coach Rick Stansbury.

Johnson, a 6-foot-9, 245-pound rising junior, will have two seasons of eligibility remaining after redshirting this season.

Johnson, out of Oak Hill Academy (Va.), was a highly touted arrival at Louisville but injuries marred his career with the Cardinals. He missed the 2004-05 season with a knee injury. He averaged just 10 minutes a game last season, averaging 3.2 points and 3.2 rebounds.

The Bulldogs are hoping that Johnson can follow in the footsteps of their recent power forwards -- Erick Dampier, Tyrone Washington, Mario Austin and Lawrence Roberts, who all ended up being drafted. The current power forward, Charles Rhodes, is in line to follow that same path.

Johnson is eligible to practice with the Bulldogs beginning Friday night as the team prepares for a Labor Day trip to Vancouver.

Andy Katz is a senior writer at ESPN.com.

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