Johnson to Transfer to Oregon, Platt to Redshirt

EUGENE, Ore. — Ivan Johnson, a 6-8, 255-lbs. power forward from Los Angeles Southwest College, has been admitted to the University of Oregon and will join the men's basketball team for the upcoming season, head coach Ernie Kent announced Tuesday.

Kent also announced that junior forward Mitch Platt will redshirt the 2005-06 season as he recovers from foot surgery.

"Ivan brings another dimension to the big guys on our team," said Kent. "His size and athleticism are a perfect addition to the forwards we already have.

"And with the decision to redshirt Mitch Platt so that he will be fully recovered for 2006-07, Ivan will fill an area of immediate need for us," Kent said.

Johnson averaged 22.3 points, 12.2 rebounds and 2.4 blocks per game as a sophomore for LASC. He earned all-state honors at the California junior college level last season after leading all California JUCO leagues in rebounding and ranking eighth in scoring.

In league games only, the San Antonio, Texas, native paced the South Coast Conference in scoring at 25.4 points per game. Johnson was named to the league's South Division first team. He shot 56 percent from the field and 77 percent at the free throw line as LASC went 23-8 in 2004-05 and advanced to the JUCO state regional finals.

Johnson, who will be a junior with two seasons of eligibility remaining, initially signed a National Letter of Intent with Cincinnati and was viewed to be a replacement for graduating senior Jason Maxiell. But Cincinnati released Johnson from his NLI last month following a coaching change.

Johnson will be receiving the basketball scholarship that became available when the scholarship of Jordan Kent -- son of the head coach -- was transferred to football in accordance with NCAA rules.

Platt has undergone two different surgeries on his left foot in the last five months, most recently to remove a neuroma — an inflamed nerve — in August. The 6-10 junior from Henderson, Nev., played in all 27 games in 2004-05 and averaged 3.1 points and 2.1 rebounds per game. Platt has started 46 of 54 games during his Oregon career and is expected to be back to full strength for his final two seasons in Eugene.

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