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JUCO star/Memphis recruit dismissed from school

Posted on: February 23, 2012 2:06 pm
Edited on: February 23, 2012 2:07 pm
 
By Gary Parrish

Junior College standout Geron Johnson has been dismissed from Garden City Community College in Kansas after a reported third legal incident in recent weeks, which makes it unlikely the 6-foot-3 guard will ever play at Memphis.

Johnson committed to Memphis earlier this month.

A source close to the Memphis program told CBSSports.com on Thursday that Josh Pastner is aware of the development but that the third-year coach hasn't yet spoken with the Garden City staff or Johnson himself. The source added Memphis is still gathering information and that Johnson's future with the Tigers is uncertain, though it should be noted that even if Memphis honored the commitment it's doubtful Johnson could now qualify academically given that he's been removed from classes.

"I wish him the best," said Garden City athletic director Kris Baumann. "Things just did not work out for the young man within our program."

This is the second junior college to dismiss Johnson. The Dayton native was kicked out of Chipola College in Florida after his freshman season of basketball that followed a similarly troubling high school career during which Johnson was mostly ineligible and arrested for burglary. He is, however, an immensely talented prospect, which is why he's been given chance after chance after chance.

"If he qualifies academically I would still take a chance," Tweeted JUCO recruiting analyst Brad Winton. "Call me crazy, but he's that good."
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Since: Feb 21, 2010
Posted on: February 23, 2012 11:01 pm
 

JUCO star/Memphis recruit dismissed from school

Pastner doesn't mess around with troublemakers. He dismissed Niles from the team a few seasons ago, booted Jelan Kendrick before he ever played a game and most likely will revoke the offer. He wants to win, but with character guys.




Since: Feb 24, 2010
Posted on: February 23, 2012 10:07 pm
 

JUCO star/Memphis recruit dismissed from school

He'll hit the Big Ten like the second coming of Maurice Clarrett.



Since: Sep 5, 2010
Posted on: February 23, 2012 9:11 pm
 

JUCO star/Memphis recruit dismissed from school

There are two downright PHENOMENAL points to this article:

1.) How rotten of a person do you need to be in order to get bounced from a JC (actually TWO)?!?!?  Seriously, most are nothing more than a tri-combination of Basketball Camp, Boys Town and Federal Prison (notice there was no mention of academic prowess). 

2.) How rotten of a program is Memphis when the writer actually has to state, "makes it unlikely" he will ever play at Memphis. Any place outside of Fresno State, New Mexico State, a few SEC schools, etc would even be willing to place their name in the same sentence as a dredge to society such as this guy.

Good to see the spirit of ethical and respected competition is still alive and well in the NCAA. All should be proud!




Since: Dec 5, 2006
Posted on: February 23, 2012 8:54 pm
 

JUCO star/Memphis recruit dismissed from school

"If he qualifies academically I would still take a chance," Tweeted JUCO recruiting analyst Brad Winton. "Call me crazy, but he's that good."
In many ways this exemplifies the worst of college basketball. With over 350 team in D-1 (and maybe 100 able to play) every coach that wants to be noticed at a bigger school needs a star. There are two things wrong with this statement. First 'If he qualifies academically' means little since qualifying from a junior college is not the same as doing D-1 college level work. Second 'I would still take a chance' shows that the stupidity level remains high. The chance you are taking is the reputation of your college. That is no small concern. Look how bad things have turned against The Ohio State University and Penn State. Who you hire and who you admit reflects on the school. Do the work and hold to your standards. Shaka, Mark Few, Brad . . . . they don't need to take chances. They work at their profession with an eye on their reputation and on their school's reputation. Not taking chances with poison pills and idiots.



Since: Jan 15, 2007
Posted on: February 23, 2012 6:49 pm
 

JUCO star/Memphis recruit dismissed from school

Funny, I haven't heard our coach stick up for this recruit, yet, saying how we really don't know any of the details or that, so far, they are just allegations. He hasn't made a big Sportscenter spot about how this guy will really have to toe the line if he expects to play at Memphis (wink, wink.)

Oh yeah, we don't have that slimeball coach anymore. Expect a one-line statement from our new coach wishing this loser well in his future endeavors within the next couple of weeks. Bye-bye, Geron.



Since: Dec 22, 2011
Posted on: February 23, 2012 6:40 pm
 

JUCO star/Memphis recruit dismissed from school

If he goes to a D-1 program he'll be in the same trouble...how fitting that he go to Memphis proving once and for all a Tiger can't change his stripes lol.




Since: May 17, 2007
Posted on: February 23, 2012 6:13 pm
 

JUCO star/Memphis recruit dismissed from school

Even if he does clean up his act enough to move onto a D-1 program, then what?
Obviously he doesn't much care for the academic scene.
So he helps some program "win something." Then what? Do we give him some money, say thanks and try not to go to jail.
If he's this big a jerk, I seriously doubt any NBA team is going to spend much time fooling with him.





Since: Mar 8, 2011
Posted on: February 23, 2012 5:22 pm
 

JUCO star/Memphis recruit dismissed from school

Sounds like he'd be a great fit at Iowa State

second, third, fouth chance U.

Stay classy, Mizzou, stay classy.  We appreciate the acknowledgement, though. Shows we're on our way back.




Since: Jan 14, 2009
Posted on: February 23, 2012 5:15 pm
 

JUCO star/Memphis recruit dismissed from school

Could end up at UK where qualifying is only a matter of WWW paying the right people.



Since: Sep 24, 2006
Posted on: February 23, 2012 4:42 pm
 

Sounds like he'd be a great fit at Iowa State

second, third, fouth chance U.


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