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."