La Salle Explorers

La Salle's B.J. Johnson declares for draft but could return for senior year

La Salle's B.J. Johnson declares for draft but could return for senior year

La Salle's B.J. Johnson has declared for the NBA draft but will not hire an agent, the junior forward announced Thursday.

Johnson (6-7/185) was the leading scorer (17.6) and rebounder (6.3) this past season for an Explorers team that went 15-15 and 9-9 in the Atlantic 10. It was his first year at La Salle after spending two seasons at Syracuse.

"My goal is to play the game I love professionally," Johnson said in a statement. "This decision will give me the opportunity to test myself, better myself and receive important feedback in pursuit of this goal."

Johnson's decision to declare for the NBA draft does not jeopardize his remaining college eligibility. 

Villanova's Josh Hart and Kris Jenkins did the same thing after winning the national championship as juniors. NCAA rules allow underclassmen to participate in the NBA scouting combine and one NBA tryout per year and then withdraw from draft consideration after the combine and return to college with full eligibility as long as they haven't hired an agent.

La Salle releases full 2017-18 schedule

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La Salle releases full 2017-18 schedule

La Salle's full 2017-18 schedule is out and the Explorers are ready to travel.

The Atlantic 10 slate features tough road games at Rhode Island, Richmond and Davidson, while John Giannini's club will play a tip-off tournament in Uncasville, Connecticut, a December tournament in Northern Ireland and a home game in Reading, Pennsylvania.

The good thing: La Salle doesn't have to visit VCU or Dayton, two of the more difficult road stops in the conference.

The Explorers will also play all five of their City 6 foes.

La Salle, which finished 15-15 (9-9 A-10) last season, will be led by 6-foot-7 senior wing B.J. Johnson, a Syracuse transfer who averaged 17.6 points and 6.3 rebounds per game in his first year with the Explorers.

Here's a look at La Salle's full schedule, which was released Wednesday:

Nov. 11: Saint Peter's

Nov. 13: at Penn

Nov. 16: vs. South Alabama

Nov. 18: vs. Northwestern*

Nov. 19: vs. Texas Tech/Boston College*

Nov. 22: vs. Miami**

Nov. 26: Temple

Dec. 1: vs. Towson***

Dec. 2: vs. Manhattan/Holy Cross***

Dec. 7: Drexel

Dec. 10: at Villanova (Wells Fargo Center)

Dec. 17: Mercer

Dec. 22: at Bucknell

Dec. 30: Saint Louis

Jan. 3: at Rhode Island

Jan. 6: vs. VCU

Jan. 10: at UMass

Jan. 13: at Duquesne

Jan. 17: Fordham

Jan. 20: at Richmond

Jan. 24: UMass

Jan. 31: at Davidson

Feb. 3: Saint Joseph's

Feb. 7: at George Washington

Feb. 10: at Saint Louis

Feb. 13: St. Bonaventure

Feb. 17: George Mason

Feb. 20: Rhode Island

Feb. 24: at Fordham

Feb. 28: Dayton

March 3: at Saint Joseph's

Naismith Hall of Fame Tip-Off Tournament*

Home game in Reading, Pennsylvania**

Basketball Hall of Fame Belfast Classic***

La Salle adds Marquette transfer, Philly native Traci Carter

La Salle adds Marquette transfer, Philly native Traci Carter

The one that got away is coming home.

La Salle men's basketball has added guard Traci Carter to its roster, the team announced Tuesday. Carter, a Philadelphia native who attended Roman Catholic High School for two years, is a transfer from Marquette. He'll sit out this season and have two years of eligibility remaining.

"I have watched and recruited Traci since his sophomore year in high school," La Salle head coach John Giannini said in a press release. "He brings leadership and toughness that is necessary to succeed in today's college basketball world, where so many teams are highly invested and have good players."

Carter averaged 23.9 minutes per game and started 19 games as a freshman, but saw his playing time dip to 16.3 minutes during his second season in Milwaukee. The 6-foot guard averaged 4.3 points, 2.1 rebounds and 3.6 assists as a sophomore. 

Prior to committing to Marquette, Carter finished his high school career at Life Center Academy in Burlington, New Jersey. He won 40 games in two seasons there. A senior year in which he averaged 16 points, seven assists, five rebounds and four steals earned him a nomination for the McDonald's All-America Game and an offer to join Steve Wojciechowski's Golden Eagles.

La Salle's leading scorer last season was B.J. Johnson, another Philadelphia native with Catholic League experience who left town for a big-time program in Syracuse — only to transfer back home after two seasons.

The Explorers' season tips off Nov. 11 against St. Peter's.