“He won’t be here,” said Ford, “and that’s all I have to say about that. We've released him and he can go anywhere that he wants to go."
Efforts to reach Johnson and people associated with him were not successful Saturday night.
Johnson only appeared in nine games for Midland (Texas) College – his fifth school in five years – before a run-in with Chaps head coach Ross Hodge led to his being suspended from one of the nation’s best junior college teams. The 6-foot-8 Johnson was averaging 9.1 points and 6.4 rebounds while shooting 58.5 percent from the field before the suspension in November but never returned to the team.
Several scouting services had Johnson ranked as the No. 1 junior college player in the nation entering the season.
But Johnson has had run-ins with coaches at several of his most recent schools, including Hodge at Midland and Jay Spoonhour of Moberly (Mo.) Area Community College, where he was dismissed from the team. He still earned third team NJCAA All-American honors as a freshman at Moberly after averaging 21.6 points and 8.0 rebounds.
Johnson has reportedly withdrawn from Midland (Texas) College and has returned to his home in North Carolina where he is taking correspondence courses.
The signing of Johnson and five-star high school recruit LeBryan Nash of Dallas (Lincoln), Texas in November filled Oklahoma State’s allotment of 13 scholarship. But the Cowboys will now have one scholarship to offer, if no other roster changes are made in the offseason, with Johnson and the Cowboys parting ways.