Brian Johnson leaving Louisville?

Rick Pitino has already seen two players - Bryan Harvey and Chad Millard - from last years 21-13 NIT team transfer out of the Louisville program. Will 6'9 sophomore power forward Brian Johnson be the next to leave?

According to's Jeff Goodman, sophomore forward Brian Johnson will be granted his release Thursday and will transfer out of Rick Pitino's Louisville program.

Johnson, a 6'9 sophomore forward, was expected to be a valuable contributor in 2006-07 after averaging 3.2 points and 3.2 rebounds last season as a redshirt freshman.

Multiple knee surgeries forced Johnson to sit out the 2004-05 season. He returned to the court last season, though he saw limited minutes while playing in 30 games. Johnson spent most of the summer in Louisville working out and playing pickup basketball with members of the current team.

Should Johnson transfer, he would be the third player to depart the Louisville program since the end of the 2005-06 season. Freshman guard Brian Harvey transferred to Fresno State before finishing his first season with the Cardinals, while freshman forward Chad Millard left for Creighton this summer.

Since arriving at Louisville five seasons ago, several players have transferred out of Pitino's program. Two high school All-American's, Carlos Hurt and Brandon Bender, left the program during Pitino's first season. Three junior college transfers recruited by Pitino – Prelieu Davis, Nouha Diakite and Nate Daniels – left the program before their eligibility expired. And promising forward Lorenzo Wade transferred to San Diego State after playing a key reserve role on Louisville's Final Four team two years ago.

According to Goodman, Johnson is considering George Washington and Florida State. The reason for Johnson's departure isn't known.

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