Memphis will have another late addition to its 2014 men’s basketball program and that will be guard Kedren Johnson. The former Commodore averaged 13.5 points and 3.6 assists per game while facing the tough SEC conference back in 2012-13. Johnson, however, needed a new home after head coach Kevin Stallings said he failed to meet a “high level of responsibility” last week. Johnson missed all of last season for violating school policy.
The Tigers will welcome Johnson with open arms, focusing on his extreme talent and ability to contribute immediately, and disregarding coach Stallings’ concerns. Other programs shied away from Johnson after red flags were raised about his character. Still, Memphis coach Josh Pastner was in dire need of backcourt help and ignored the potential risk.
Pastner also added transfer Calvin Godfrey, who spent last season at Southern.
Memphis was a number eight seed in the NCAA tournament a season ago and Pastner hopes the fresh faces can provide a needed boost to a team that said farewell to some big time scorers.
*Section Photo credit to Jim Brown, USA Todau Sports; Featured Photo (above) credit to Bosley Jarrett, Inside Vandy