The Pittsburgh Panthers have announced that four star prospect Dior Johnson has returned to practice and is expected to redshirt for the 2022-23 season.
Johnson was first suspended in October 7th following serious felony charges being brought against the freshman. Johnson was accused of striking a woman full force across the face and taking her phone on September 5th before continuing to strike her multiple times. Through the legal process a few charges were reduced during the preliminary hearing and then Johnson was sentenced on December 9th with two misdemeanor domestic violence charges. Without any felony charges, this opened the door for his return to the Pitt program.
Johnson will now look to focus in his return to the court and will redshirt for the remainder of the season. Johnson was the highest rated recruit ever under the tenure of Jeff Capel but the Panthers have played well Johnson was away from the team. Pitt is currently 9-4 on the season and 2-0 in ACC play with a tough stretch of games ahead.