B.J. Johnson

La Salle's B.J. Johnson will return for senior season

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La Salle's B.J. Johnson will return for senior season

La Salle forward B.J. Johnson will return for his senior season with the Explorers. 

Johnson had previously declared for the NBA draft, but did not hire an agent, which allowed him to test the process and return. 

"B.J. received great feedback from exploring his NBA potential," head coach Dr. John Giannini said in a release from the team. 

"He is extremely focused and motivated to improve himself and our team to reach his highest goals. He had interest to workout for several teams. However, he has some minor health issues from last season that would be best to take care of now to maximize his preparations for next season. He has decided to take that route and it bodes well for him and our team."

Johnson was a first-team Big 5 selection last season after leading the Explorers in points (17.6 per game) and rebounds (6.3). He became the 30th player in school history to score 500-plus points in a single season. 

"My goal is to play the game I love professionally," Johnson said in a statement on March 23, when he declared for the draft. "This decision will give me the opportunity to test myself, better myself and receive important feedback in pursuit of this goal."

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 falls to Davidson in Round 2 of Atlantic 10 Tournament

La Salle falls to Davidson in Round 2 of Atlantic 10 Tournament

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PITTSBURGH -- Peyton Aldridge scored 33 points with 10 rebounds and ninth-seeded Davidson defeated No. 8 seed La Salle 82-73 on Thursday in the second round of the Atlantic 10 Tournament.

La Salle cut a 19-point second-half deficit to three with 4 minutes left but Aldridge scored a pair of baskets and added eight free throws, along with four free throws by Jon Axel Gudmundsson, down the stretch.

Jack Gibbs added 18 points and Gudmundsson, who made four 3-pointers, 16 with seven assists for the Wildcats (16-14), who take on top-seeded Dayton in a Friday quarterfinal.

Jordan Price had four 3-pointers and scored 20 points, BJ Johnson added 19 and Pookie Powell also made four 3s and scored 16 points with eight rebounds for the Explorers (15-15).

Davidson trailed by two before outscoring La Salle 26-9, including all four of Gudmundsson's 3-pointers, over the final eight minutes of the first half to lead 49-34.