Gophers incoming freshman Johnson not medically cleared to play

Gophers incoming freshman Jarvis Johnson played his high school basketball at De La Salle in Minneapolis.

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MINNEAPOLIS — The Minnesota Gophers men’s basketball team received bad news Monday when it was announced that incoming freshman guard Jarvis Johnson has not been medically cleared to play basketball.

Johnson, who played his high school basketball at De La Salle in Minneapolis, suffers from a heart condition that caused his heart to stop for several minutes in 2010. He was a highly touted recruit out of high school, but his medical condition was something that was a concern.

"While we are extremely disappointed, the health and welfare of Jarvis is our highest priority," Johnson’s family and the University of Minnesota said in a statement released Monday. "We are excited that Jarvis has decided to accept this scholarship to the U and will remain a part of the basketball program."

It was not made clear what Jarvis’ role with the team will be or if there’s a chance he might be cleared to play in the future. As a senior at De La Salle, the 6-foor-1 Johnson was a three-star recruit and had offers from several other Division I schools, including Wisconsin, Michigan State and Iowa State.

"Unfortunately, Jarvis Johnson will not be playing for our team this season," Gophers head coach Richard Pitino said in a statement. "However, we are extremely excited that he has decided to accept his scholarship and pursue his undergraduate degree here at the U, where he will also remain a part of our program. Jarvis is a tremendous young man, and we support him and look forward to having him here."

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