Johnson to transfer from Florida

Florida forward Chase Johnson. [Brad McClenny/ The Gainesville Sun]

Florida redshirt freshman forward Chase Johnson is transferring, the school announced Thursday on its website.

Johnson, plagued with concussions the past two years, scored 23 points and had 12 rebounds in six total games. The Ripley, W.Va., native appeared in the first four games of the 2017-18 season before missing the remainder of the year under concussion protocol and was granted a medical redshirt. Johnson appeared in two games this season, but suffered another concussion in November.

“We wish Chase nothing but the best and will support him however we can as he moves on from Florida,” UF coach Mike White said.

The Gators (7-4) host Butler at 4 p.m. Saturday.


  1. Cory, sounds more like to me that Johnson was not going to overcome his concussion issues enough for Mike White to hold a roster spot for him. White is recruiting extremely well and likely has someone to replace him on the roster next year and the year after that. I wish Johnson better health and results wherever he lands. Just too bad he did not stay healthy and productive here. He looked really good very early on as a true freshman and before the brain injury issues. And one other thing. Florida likely does not want to take the possible risks of playing Johnson with his concussion issues and what that might mean for him and the university legal wise in the future.

  2. gatorhopeful. Those guys do not grow on trees like fruit for select picking. When they do appear on that tree, they usually get what they need to go to get picked by Kentucky, Kansas, or Duke (who are like Alabama in football for the top players available).

    • Swampy, you are on target with that observation. In addition to those you mentioned, Leonard Hamilton at FSU always seems to have a lot of height/length on the Semis roster. Maybe it’s because he is pretty tall himself. In any event, White is recruiting well but we seem to have difficulty getting “bigs”, and when we do, keeping them healthy. John Egbunu was an example the past 2 years, along with Gak, Stokes and even Johnson.

  3. Recruiting is very important in basketball and football while coaching and player development is secondary but still important. Talent can overcome many issues so Coach White has to find a way to challenge the major schools in acquiring the best talent.