Ex-Ypsilanti star Jaylen Johnson declares for NBA draft

The Detroit News

Jaylen Johnson is going pro.

The Louisville junior forward and former Ypsilanti star announced Monday he’s forgoing his senior season with the Cardinals to hire an agent and enter the NBA draft.

“After a lengthy conversation with Coach P (Rick Pitino) I have decided to hire an agent and forego my senior year,” Johnson said in a story posted on the university’s athletic website. “I will miss my teammates and coaches, but it is really important that I help out my mom and family. I’m going to work incredibly hard to give it my best shot. I’ll be rooting for the Ville next year.”

Johnson declared for the draft last month, but did not hire an agent at the time, which allowed him to test the waters and still return to Louisville for his senior season ahead of Sunday's deadline.

Johnson played in all 34 games for the Cardinals last season, starting 26, and averaged 8.0 points (fourth on the team) and 5.8 rebounds (second). He had three double-doubles on the season.

Johnson was cited last month for marijuana possession last month in Kentucky's Woodford County, according to reports. He pleaded guilty to the misdemeanor charge, according to reports.

Louisville finished 25-9 on the season, reaching the second round of the NCAA Tournament, where it fell to Michigan, 73-69. Johnson has six points and six rebounds against the Wolverines.

Johnson averaged 13.6 points, 9.6 rebounds, 5.3 blocked shots and 4.1 assists as a senior at Ypsilanti.