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Sidiki Johnson not with Wildcats, could soon be dismissed

Sidiki Johnson

Arizona Wildcats freshman center Sidiki Johnson, who is suspended indefinitely for violations of team policy, isn’t with the team and could soon be dismissed, coach Sean Miller said Wednesday night.

Johnson, who is from The Bronx, N.Y., did not return with the team after its loss to Mississippi State in New York City’s Madison Square Garden in the final of the 2K Sports Classic last Friday night.

The school announced his indefinite suspension Monday night.

“I think we have an agreement, and if he meets the agreement, he could potentially be reinstated,” Miller said after a 61-57 home loss to San Diego State. “And he could also be dismissed.”

Asked if he was hopeful that Johnson would meet Miller’s requirement for reinstatement, the coach said, “No.”

Johnson began the exhibition season as the backup to Kyryl Natyazhko but quickly landed in Miller’s doughouse. After struggling in two exhibitions, Johnson played only one minute in the season opener — having a shot blocked in the lane and putting up an air ball — Miller said, “He’s not ready.”

Johnson did appear in two more games, playing a total of seven minutes this season with one point and two rebounds.

Miller said a resolution to Johnson’s suspension should come in the “next couple of weeks.”

Freshman guard Nick Johnson said he has been in contact with his classmate.

“Just basic stuff, seeing how he was doing,” Nick Johnson said. “He’s positive, and that is what he have to keep telling him — keep positive and let it run its course.”

Freshman Angelo Chol is playing backup minutes at center, with power forward Jesse Perry having to quickly learn the position as he helps out.

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