Pitt suspends junior forward for the entire 2014-15 season

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Less than an hour before Pittsburgh opens the 2014-15 season, it was reported that the Panthers will be without one of their top returning scorers due to a season-long suspension.

Johnson missed the final 20 games of last season with a torn ACL in his right knee. He was averaging 8.8 points and 3.0 rebounds per game through the first 16 games. Jamie Dixon graduated his two leading scorers — Lamar Patterson and Talib Zanna. In September, Cameron Wright, who averaged 10.5 points per game, broke a bone in his foot which will keep him out until December.

The 6-foot-6 Johnson had scored 19 points off the bench in Pitt’s final exhibition game on Friday against Division II Philadelphia University.

Pitt opens the season against Niagara on Friday night.