University at Buffalo basketball player Raheem Johnson officially was been granted an extra year of eligibility and will be able to play next season for the Bulls.
Johnson, a 6-foot-10 center from Detroit, played in just one game last season before suffering a season-ending foot injury. He saw 16 minutes of action against Iowa State in December. It was expected he would get a medical hardship waiver, and it was granted by the Mid-American Conference. He won't lose a full year of eligibility for one cameo appearance.
Johnson figures to be a valuable addition to UB's low-post rebounding and defense because the Bulls were thin in the frontcourt. Johnson averaged 11.8 minutes, 2.8 points and 2.4 rebounds as a junior in 2014-15. He led UB in blocks with 36. UB graduates just two players from this year's MAC-championship team.
A medical redshirt is available to student-athletes who suffer a season-ending injury before the halfway point of the season and before the player competes in at least 30 percent of his team's games or three contests, whichever is greater.