“Seton Hall was notified on October 5 that Mr. Johnson was declared an academic non-qualifier for competition this year, but can receive financial aid and will still have four years of eligibility left after this season,” Chris Radford of the NCAA said by email.
Sources said Seton Hall had applied for a waiver on Johnson’s behalf, but Radford said “No appeal has been submitted to date.” Seton Hall head coach Kevin Willard had no comment at the current time.
The 6-foot-9, 240-pound Johnson attended William H. Taft (CA) and led the team to a 29-3 record his senior year, averaging 11.9 points, 9.9 rebounds and 1.7 blocks per game.
Without him, Seton Hall would be left to rely on senior Herb Pope, sophomores Aaron Geramipoor and Patrik Auda and freshman Brandon Mobley as its primary big men. Mobley is recovering from rotator cuff surgery and Willard expects him to return Dec. 1.