Memphis Tigers junior guard Geron Johnson was ineligible for the Tigers’ first three games of the season as he served an NCAA-mandated three-game suspension for accepting extra benefits. The extra benefits were educational expenses he received from a family friend before his enrollment at Memphis this fall.
After playing three games, Johnson has averaged 6.7 points, 3.7 rebounds and 2.7 assists in a reserve role. His energetic style is having an effect on the team.
“Geron defines what an energy-giver and a high motor is. So you’re forced, whether you’re playing with him or against him, to bring it because he drags people with him to the level of intensity he’s playing at,” coach Josh Pastner said to the Commercial Appeal.
In the Tigers last game against the Tennessee-Martin Skyhawks , Johnson scored a career high with 13-points.
Johnson is a player that comes to the Tiger’s program with a history of drama. Coach Pastner took a chance on the young man and Johnson has taken advantage of the opportunity.
Not only is Johnson providing toughness and intensity to the team, he is also bringing leadership.
The Commercial Appeal reported during Sunday’s practice when junior teammate Tarik Black became frustrated after receiving a bad pass, Johnson calmly told Black to look at the scoreboard (because they were trailing) and play ball.
“I’m trying to challenge my starting squad as much as possible. I’m trying to be a leader with the scout team,” Johnson said to the Commercial Appeal. “We’ve got great point guards with Joe Jackson and Chris Crawford, so at the same time I’m being a leader (for the scout team), I’m still learning. I’m pushing through adversity every day, and I feel like we’re becoming a better team.”
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