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Kedren Johnson not returning to Vanderbilt after suspension

Former Vanderbilt standout Kedren Johnson is not returning to the SEC school after being suspended all of last season, multiple sources told CBSSports.com on Friday.

Vanderbilt coach Kevin Stallings subsequently confirmed the report.

He added that Dai-Jon Paker also will not return to the Commodores program.

"It is a privilege to be a Vanderbilt basketball player and with that privilege comes a high level of responsibility -- both on and off the playing floor," Stallings said. "Unfortunately, the standards that were clearly set forth in both cases were not met and led to this decision."

Sources told CBSSports.com that Memphis is a possible, if not the probable, destination for Johnson -- a 6-foot-4 guard who led Vandy in scoring during the 2012-13 season while averaging 13.5 points, 3.6 assists and 3.5 rebounds per game. Memphis has an available scholarship thanks to Thursday's transfer of Dominic Woodson.

Vanderbilt suspended Johnson "as a student" in July 2013 because of what Johnson later described as a "mistake" he made that was the result of "some very poor judgement." The initial plan was for Johnson to serve his suspension, then enroll again at Vanderbilt. But that plan has changed, and sources told CBSSports.com that Johnson has essentially been on the market for the past 10 days. Whether he might be eligible to play immediately at a new school remains unclear. Johnson could have two years of eligibility remaining.

Parker announced on Twitter late Friday that he's enrolling at Indianapolis.

That's a Division II program.


Gary Parrish is a senior college basketball columnist for CBSSports.com and college basketball insider for the CBS Sports Network. The Mississippi native also hosts an award-winning radio show in Memphis. He lives in that area with his wife, two sons and two dogs.
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