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UB's Raheem Johnson gets eligibility OK for next season

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.


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