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Anthony Johnson granted release, will transfer from Purdue

Big Ten Basketball Tournament - First Round -  Purdue v Nebraska

CHICAGO, IL - MARCH 14: Anthony Johnson #1 of the Purdue Boilermakers and Ray Gallegos #15 of the Nebraska Cornhuskers battle for the ball during a first round game of the Big Ten Basketball Tournament at the United Center on March 14, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. Nebraska defeated Purdue 57-55. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

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Days after Purdue lost a forward to transfer, now they lose a guard.

Anthony Johnson has asked for and received a release from his scholarship and will transfer from the Boilermakers’ program. The team announced Jacob Lawson would transfer from the program on Friday and Sandi Marcius also decided to leave the program as well earlier in the off-season.

The 6-3, 191-pound Chicago native averaged 4.9 points, 2.9 rebounds and shot 36.2-percent from the field last season.

“Anthony has been a valued member of our program over the last three years,” coach Matt Painter said in a statement. “We wish him nothing but the best as he moves into the next chapter of his life.”

Purdue was incredibly young this season — the roster featured seven freshman or sophomores and they went 16-18 as a result — and while Johnson, a redshirt sophomore this year, was part of that group, minutes were going to be at a minimum next season with guards like Raphael Davis (5.7 points per game) and Ronnie (10.3 points, 3.4 rebounds, four assists per game) and Terone Johnson (a team-leading 13.5 points) coming back. Purdue also features and three-man recruiting class, all guards.

Anthony Johnson had a season-high of 14 points against Hofstra on Nov. 11.

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