Vanderbilt basketball is having a bad Monday. Not only did the Commodores lose their most promising freshman to a pro basketball team in Germany, the university also announced the team's leading scorer will be suspended for the 2013-14 season.
Junior guard Kedren Johnson, who averaged more than 13 points (and nearly four rebounds and assists) last year for Kevin Stallings' team, will sit out the season. The school announced the move Monday afternoon in an unusual way: with a statement from Johnson.
It reads in full:
To My Vanderbilt Family,
As we get closer to starting the new school year, I feel it is my responsibility to inform everyone of some disappointing news. I have been suspended as a student from Vanderbilt University for one year for a mistake I made, the result of using some very poor judgement. That also means I will not be on the basketball team this upcoming season.
It hurts me when I realize the consequences of my action, which happened near the end of the last school year. It was a violation of the good conduct expected of all Vanderbilt students. I take full responsibility and now must begin working to regain the trust and respect of my school, the student body, our fans and especially my coaches and friends on the team. I understand this will take time.
I have let down a lot of people including my own family, Coach Stallings and my teammates. I plan to do everything I can to return to Vanderbilt next year. While I won't be on the basketball court, I will be the team's biggest fan. I look forward to fulfilling my obligations and regaining my status as a student at this great school.
Vanderbilt went 16-17 last season and now has nine scholarship players available for the upcoming season. Its active leading scorer from last year will be senior forward Ron Odom, who averaged 10.4 points.