Chase Johnson leaves UD basketball program

Redshirt junior Chase Johnson posted on his social media Wednesday about his departure. Photo of Johnson courtesy of

Julia Pucci
Contributing Writer

University of Dayton redshirt junior Chase Johnson is leaving the Flyer basketball program for health reasons.

In a post to Johnson’s Instagram account’s story Wednesday, the junior said that after talking with his family and doctor he is leaving the program to focus on his health and school. 

Johnson thanked Coach Anthony Grant, the University of Dayton basketball staff and fans for giving him the opportunity to play and supporting him. 

“I am beyond blessed to have had the opportunity and I will be forever grateful for my time spent playing at the University of Dayton,” Johnson said. “Coach Grant is a great coach and mentor and I can’t thank him enough for everything.”

Grant issued a statement following the announcement in support of Johnson’s decision. 

“We wish him the best in his life’s pursuits, and are grateful for his contributions to the University of Dayton and Flyer Basketball,” Grant said. 

Johnson started all five games this season after returning to the program in July following a medical leave of absence from the University last spring.  He averaged 12.2 points and 6.0 rebounds in those five games.

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