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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.

Isiah Deas scores career-high 31 points as La Salle beats Morgan State

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Isiah Deas scores career-high 31 points as La Salle beats Morgan State

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Isiah Deas had a career-high 31 points as La Salle topped Morgan State 85-68 on Saturday.

David Beatty had 18 points for La Salle (6-3). Sherif Kenney added nine points and seven rebounds. Christian Ray had seven rebounds for the hosts.

Troy Baxter Jr. had 15 points for the Bears (4-8). Stanley Davis added 14 points. Isaiah Burke had 12 points and six rebounds.

La Salle faces Wagner at home on Wednesday. Morgan State plays Chestnut Hill at home on Monday.

La Salle uses offensive balance to sink Drexel

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La Salle uses offensive balance to sink Drexel

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David Beatty had 14 points to lead five La Salle players in double figures as the Explorers defeated Drexel 71-63 on Saturday.

Saul Phiri added 12 points for the Explorers, Scott Spencer chipped in 11 with seven rebounds and Ayinde Hikim and Ed Croswell each scored 10

Isiah Deas, the Explorers' second leading scorer heading into the contest at nine points per game, was just 1-of-9 shooting.

Zach Walton had 19 points and eight rebounds for the Dragons (5-5). James Butler added 17 points and 12 rebounds. Camren Wynter had 11 points and six rebounds.

La Salle (5-3) matches up against Morgan State at home next Saturday. Drexel takes on South Florida on the road next Sunday.