Johnson returns, Millard will transfer

The University of Louisville announced on Wednesday that 6'5 senior forward Perrin Johnson will return to the Cardinals basketball program in 2006-07 instead of finishing his eligibility at Bellermine, while forward Chad Millard will transfer from Louisville this summer.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- One previously departed University of Louisville men's basketball player has returned to the Cardinals' roster while another has left the team.

Junior forward Perrin Johnson, who walked on to the U of L team in 2003 and has played for the Cardinals for the last three seasons, has returned to the Cardinals to play his senior year after earlier planning to transfer to Bellarmine University in Louisville.

Chad Millard, a sophomore forward for the Cardinals, has been granted his release to transfer to another school. Johnson will receive the Cardinals' available scholarship for his senior year.

"We wish Chad the best," said U of L head men's basketball coach Rick Pitino. "He's had a lot of bad luck with injuries and we hope that's behind him. I hope he's successful wherever he chooses to go to school. In the interim, we will retain Perrin and give him a scholarship. It's a great opportunity for Perrin to finish his career on scholarship at U of L."

Johnson appeared in 62 games during his three-year career with the Cardinals, totalling 93 points and 73 rebounds. He earned a scholarship his junior year, scoring four or more points in five games while averaging 1.5 points and 1.2 rebounds last season. He started four games as a sophomore, averaging five points and 3.3 rebounds in those four starts while hitting 9-of-12 shots from the field. He scored a career high eight points against Tennessee State as a sophomore.

A reserve forward as a freshman last season, the 6-8 Millard suffered through nagging injuries throughout the season -- including a broken upper jaw as well as injuries to his ankles, feet and back -- to average 2.3 points and 1.4 rebounds.

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