Jarvis Johnson, an incoming freshman guard, will not be able to suit up for the basketball team at Minnesota, as he was not cleared by the medical staff to take the court due to a pre-existing heart condition.
The school announced Monday that Johnson will not suit up but he will remain on scholarship and stay with the team in other capacities.
More from Amelia Rayno of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune:
Johnson – who will still attend the university on scholarship — suffers from hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, a heart condition that caused his heart to stop for somewhere between eight to ten minutes in 2010 and requires an implanted defibrillator in his chest. Although Johnson hasn’t had an attack since, his condition is lifelong.
“While we are extremely disappointed, the health and welfare of Jarvis is our highest priority,” a statement from Jarvis Johnson, the Johnson family and the university read. “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.”
Johnson was expected to contend for minutes right away in the backcourt with incumbent point guard Nate Mason and star-recruit Kevin Dorsey. The Golden Gophers already lost star guard Andre Hollins, as he recently graduated.