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Johnson officially leaves hoops program

Freshman forward Sidiki Johnson has left the Arizona basketball program with intentions of transferring to another school, according to a release from the athletic department.

Johnson, a 6-foot-8, 235-pound freshman from New York City, scored one point in three appearances for the Wildcats this season.

He was suspended Nov. 21 for a violation of team rules while Arizona was in New York playing in the 2K Sports Classic.

Johnson returned to Tucson last week to finish the academic semester, and head coach Sean Miller said he had the chance to return to the team once he met some agreements with Miller.

“If he meets that agreement he could potentially be reinstated,” Miller said on Nov. 21.

Despite that, Miller was skeptical whether or not Johnson would meet his demands, telling the media he was not optimistic.

Johnson has been well-traveled in the past few seasons, attending four different high schools and now leaving the Wildcats. He played at St. Raymond’s in the Bronx, St. Benedict’s in Newark, N.J., and was then dismissed from high school basketball power Oak Hill Academy in February for violating team rules. He transferred to Wadleigh High School to finish out his high school career.

Now, the Wildcats have one less big man in a already-thin front line. Forward Jesse Perry has been starting at center, and previous starter Kyryl Natyazhko didn’t see any playing time in Saturday’s game against NAU because of matchups, Miller said.

Miller has said freshman Angelo Chol will see more playing time after a strong week of practice.

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