Minnesota commit Jarvis Johnson won't be medically cleared to play

Monday June 15th, 2015

Minnesota men's basketball recruit Jarvis Johnson will not be medically cleared to play, the school announced on Monday. 

Jarvis has a heart condition that will keep him from being medically cleared. He will get to keep his scholarship and will still attend Minnesota and remain a part of the basketball program.

According to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Jarvis suffers from hypertrophic cardiomyopathy and has an implanted defibrillator in his chest.

The 6'1" point guard was a three-star recruit from Minneapolis, Minn. He chose the Golden Gophers over offers from UCLA, Iowa State, Maryland, Michigan State, Wisconsin and others.

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“While we are extremely disappointed, the health and welfare of Jarvis is our highest priority,” a statement from Johnson, the Johnson family and the university said. “We are excited that Jarvis has decided to accept his scholarship to the U and will remain a part of the basketball program. Coach Pitino and his staff are looking forward to having Jarvis on campus, where he will get an outstanding college education while supporting the team in any way he can. Jarvis has dreamed of being a part of the Gopher basketball family; and we are happy that he will be.”

Minnesota finished 18–15 last season in its second year under Richard Pitino.

- Molly Geary

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