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Reggie Johnson out of here! (But he can still come back)

 

    University of Miami basketball center Reggie Johnson, a 6-10, 300-pound sophomore, has submitted his name for the NBA Draft.

   But he will not hire an agent, according to UM, and thus can still opt to return to the Hurricanes as long as he removes his name by May 8 and maintains his college eligibility. The NBA Draft is June 23.

  “The chance to play in the NBA is something that has been in my mind for a long time – since I was really young,” Johnson said in a UM report. “Now the chance has presented itself so I can see where I stand. If it doesn’t feel right, I know I still have the opportunity to return to play college basketball.”

     Johnson was the team’s leading rebounder and third-leading scorer, averaging 11.9 points and 9.6 rebounds a game. He converted 59.1 percent of his field goals, while adding a team-high 1.3 blocks per game as a redshirt sophomore in 2010-11, and finished the season ranked second in the ACC in offensive rebounds (3.5), fourth in defensive rebounds (6.1) and overall rebounds and 20th in scoring.

     Johnson was an All-ACC honorable mention this season. He posted 13 double-doubles – including a 14-point, 20-rebound performance in the NIT first-round win over FAU. His 347 rebounds this season are the most for a Hurricane since Rick Barry posted a school-record 475 in 1964-65, while he scored in double figures 23 times, including four 20-point outings.

    Do you think Reggie will come back to UM, and decide not to enter the draft?

    Or do you think Reggie will be drafted by the NBA? There are 2 rounds, and 30 teams.

    What do you think of his decision (Or do you even care)?

    --SUSAN MILLER DEGNAN

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football.

If you UM is dumb enough to pass on Frank Martin, he should go to the draft. Why stay at a program that is so clearly hopeless.

He is free to leave if he wants to. And will kick himself in the rear for the rest of his life. He needs lots more development to be ready for the MBA. Yes he can make some dough playing overseas, so if he is happy with that, then that's his option.


He is free to leave if he wants to. And will kick himself in the rear for the rest of his life. He needs lots more development to be ready for the MBA. Yes he can make some dough playing overseas, so if he is happy with that, then that's his option.

Posted by: bolddan | April 11, 2011 at 07:45 PM

I totally agree! Reggie in your best interest Play at the U in 2012.

He needs a lot more experience. He may be drafted for his big body and potential but he's years away from making any impact in the NBA

YES, I do CARE!

Reggie is the heart of this team, and great to watch on offense and defense, and a great passer!

Let's all hope the best for him, and for the CANES!

Can he play tight end?

another kid without a mentor is a train wreck.

It's a questionable decision. No doubt his draft position would've been better after a couple more seasons, but it is his choice to leave. I wish him the best in the future regardless of his final decision. For his sake I hope he reconsiders. Still, he's a talented player who's got a lot of good basketball in his future.

Good luck Reggie. You're going to need it.

Reggie needs more seasoning and to work on his intensity level. Some NBA teams might see him as "a project" and draft him because of his size. He has a chance to get MUCH better at the collegiate level, and can then play in the NBA.

Hope he stays with us, especially if we get a coach who will bring the team alive. The Canes have a lot of talent on the squad! Stay with us big man!

yes we do care. horrible decision. reggie NEEDS to stay for both himself and the canes. the fact that he even put his name in the draft is utterly ridiculous.

Why stay at a school that isnt going to hire a top coach in the game and who is begn to come home. Um basketball is awful go Reggie why wait for a mediocore coach.

who cares.

This is a football and baseball program. Haith quit. he wasnt fired (as he should have). It is obvious that the d--mb a55 Board of Trustees and Shaneh neh could care less about UM basketball.

Starting to think the same about Morris and his mediocre baseball teams. Has he won an away series yet? Let's see how he does against the noles coming up.

Thanks UM administration the program has gone to crap!! Football, baseball, joins basketball..you have nerds running the Athletic dept and 100 yr oldies from the Board of Trustees members making decisions..what a joke!!

I don't think he is ready but I don't blame the kid. My belief is that kids should be allowed to leave school to pursue a paycheck after any year of school so I'm not going to change my tune because the Canes need Reggie. There is no advantage to Reggie turning pro at this point but he may have something going on in his life requiring this. Good luck!

As for the U administration, is this surprising? You have a good, proven Elite 8 Coach that is begging you interview him and you dismiss him. It's borderline incompetence and we want Reggie to stick around for that. I'm a die-hard but our leadership at the TOP and our BOT's is questionable to say the least.

Big mistake. And yes, we care, even though we do care less than we do for Canes teams that win titles like the football and baseball teams.

He will throw away a college career for a half a season in Greece, followed by years of wondering what could have been.

Once he gets a coach that knows what a point guard is, as our next coach surely will, he could become a first round draft pick. Instead, he will be a footnote in the Euro League transactions page.

The NBA does inform guys where they are likely to be drafted. When they say "end of the second round if at all", he had better come back for his own good.

Have him talk to Dexter Pittman about how far a big man without polished skills goes in the NBA.

He has been inconsistent throught out the last 2 years. Some games he was hot, some he was not, and that to me says he would do much much better to stick around a few years and improve his draft status. Today's kids are impatient, don't think long term, and with the coaching situation in termoil, you can see why he is thinking this way and in the process he's going to make a big mistake leaving.


who cares.

This is a football and baseball program. Haith quit. he wasnt fired (as he should have). It is obvious that the d--mb a55 Board of Trustees and Shaneh neh could care less about UM basketball.

Starting to think the same about Morris and his mediocre baseball teams. Has he won an away series yet? Let's see how he does against the noles coming up.

Posted by: Gtr this | April 12, 2011 at 07:35 AM

I guarantee if they ever start winning, your scumbag @ss would be on the bandwagon and claim to have always been a fan. You are piece of sh*t.

r- YOUR MOTHER IS A Pos AND YOUR DAd SHOULD HAVE BEEN STERILIZED. gO BACK TO THE HOLE IN hIALEAH THAT YOU CRAWLD OUT OF, IF YOU CAN'T HEAR OTHER OPINIONS, YOU LOSER OF LIFE

There it is. Donna the Lord of the rings troll has hired one of her buddies from Wisconsin. Not even another AD. A "deputy AD. Some unknown dude who probably has no UM connections, and no innate desire to see the canes succeed. It just goes to show how far we have fallen thanks to this liberal, socialist Clintonite troll.

we'll never see another ship as long as this garden gnome is school prez

Tommy the Blue Devil is being pursued by Donna to satisfy her PC beliefs. He has done nothing to distinguish himself at his prior stops and would be foolish to coach Canes BB. It would be comparable to a football coach going to be Vandy's HC.

If a new AD is being hired he should be given a lot of input and no BB coach should be hired before the new AD takes over. If it is the Wisconsin guy he had oversight of their BB program which is damn good. He should be consulted and his opinion should weigh heavily.

Donna S doesn't need to be hiring a BB coach, period. This isn't politics..

Gtr this....learn to type and then learn to talk in complete sentences,..just saying.

Whisky's football and basketball programs are light years ahead of where the U is now.

Do you think that all the AD'S in place now were ADs when they were hired? The guy is an up and coming star in the AD profession, what's wrong with that?

And Whisky's football and basketball programs are light years ahead of where the U is right now. Just saying


If a new AD is being hired he should be given a lot of input and no BB coach should be hired before the new AD takes over. If it is the Wisconsin guy he had oversight of their BB program which is damn good. He should be consulted and his opinion should weigh heavily.

Donna S doesn't need to be hiring a BB coach, period. This isn't politics..

Posted by: Anonymous Cane

Who to say the next UM Athletic Director isn't going to be a woman?

He had a good season why stay in college?

He must be delusional. Passing up an education to go, at best, in the 2nd round. No post game whatsoever. Disappeared in a lot of games. No discipline. He'll wallow away in the D League and regret his decision. Some people have a higher sense of self worth than they should have.


r- YOUR MOTHER IS A Pos AND YOUR DAd SHOULD HAVE BEEN STERILIZED. gO BACK TO THE HOLE IN hIALEAH THAT YOU CRAWLD OUT OF, IF YOU CAN'T HEAR OTHER OPINIONS, YOU LOSER OF LIFE

Posted by: Gtr this | April 12, 2011 at 11:02 AM

Good comeback, nerd.

Still doesn't hide the fact that you are a bandwagoner and a piece of sh*t.

I care and yes it doesn't seem to be the wise decision. I guess we'll see how it works out.

Go Pro, kid! continue studying in the off-season to get your degree, but there is nothing here for you basketball wise. Good luck in whatever you decide.

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