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Bennett: James Johnson leaving Virginia program

- Associated Press - Saturday, December 24, 2011

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA. (AP) - Virginia men's head basketball coach Tony Bennett says redshirt freshman forward James Johnson is planning to transfer and leave the Cavaliers' program.

Bennett says he met with Johnson on Saturday.

He is the fourth member of Bennett's first recruiting class to leave the program in the past year, joining Billy Baron, Will Regan and KT Harrell, who announced his intention to transfer on Friday. Of that first class, only Joe Harris and Akil Mitchell remain at Virginia.

In a statement, Bennett said he's disappointed about the news this week that both Johnson and Harrell would be leaving, but said it's better for everyone to part ways if they feel it's best for them not to be with the program.

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