March 6, 2013; Gainesville, FL, USA; Vanderbilt Commodores guard Kedren Johnson (2) reacts during the first half of the game against the Florida Gators at the Stephen C. O

Former Vanderbilt star Kedren Johnson heads cross-state to Memphis

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Guard Kedren Johnson, who led Vanderbilt in scoring in 2012-13 before he was suspended last summer, announced Wednesday he will transfer to Memphis.

Johnson averaged 13.5 points, 3.6 assists, 3.5 rebounds and a steal for the Commodores in 2012-13, averaging 31.7 minutes a game and shooting .408/.350/.723.

Vandy went 16-17 and missed postseason play for the first time in three seasons that year before Johnson was suspended because of what he later called “a mistake.” Johnson said last week he was leaving Vanderbilt, according to

Commodores coach Kevin Stallings confirmed the report while announcing that senior guard Dai-Jon Parker would also not be returning.

“It is a privilege to be a Vanderbilt basketball player and with that privilege comes a high level of responsibility—both on and off the playing floor,” Stallings said. “Unfortunately, the standards that were clearly set forth in both cases were not met and led to this decision.”

Memphis had a scholarship open up last week when sophomore forward Dominic Woodson transferred out.

Johnson was Tennessee’s Mr. Basketball as a senior at Marshall County High School in Lewisburg, Tenn., in 2010-11 and after a season packing up Brad Tinsley at the point, was the only Commodore to start all 33 games in 2012-13.

He had a career-high 28 points in a loss to Davidson in November 2012 and twice had eight assists in a game.

According to, Memphis will apply for a waiver to make Johnson immediately eligible. He will have two years eligibility remaining at whatever point he is cleared to start playing for the Tigers.

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