Johnston leaves OU basketball team

Medical issues force sophomore guard to give up basketball and focus on academics. Johnston averaged 2.7 points and 1.6 assists in 11.4 minutes per game last year for the Sooners.

NORMAN, Okla. — He didn't know it at the time, but Blake Johnston suited up for the Sooners for the final time on March 30 in the Oklahoma's 63-47 loss to Syracuse in the NCAA East Region Finals.

Johnston announced on Monday that he is leaving the Oklahoma basketball team due to medical issues. The sophomore from Midland, Texas spent three years at Oklahoma and averaged 2.7 points and 1.6 assists as Quannas Whites' backup last season.

"My three years as a member of the OU basketball program have provided me with an unbelievable experience that will benefit me for the rest of my life, but, unfortunately, I've decided that I have to hang up my shoes," Johnston said in an offical interview with on Monday.

"Blake has been an integral part of our success over the past three seasons, even his first year when he redshirted," said OU Head Coach Kelvin Sampson on Johnston, who scored a career-high 15 points in the Sooners' first round win in the NCAA tournament over South Carolina State. "He epitomizes what a student-athlete should be."

For the official press release from on Johnston's departure, click the link below.

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