Dior Johnson, who was a 1,000-point career scorer for the Saugerties basketball team before the end of his eighth-grade season but left the program twice before the end of his freshman year, is now apparently a player without a program.
That's because Findlay Prep in Henderson, Nev., is not expected to field a team next year, program director of operations Robbie Findlay told the Las Vegas Review Journal. That's because Findlay's relationship with Henderson International School, an accredited but dormant institution that had supported the basketball team, has ended.
Henderson International intends to re-open its private high school, which had closed in 2010.
"We're planning to take a year off and try to find a new campus," Robbie Findlay said. "There's a chance (the program would end) unless we find a good fit."
Findlay Prep was 378-43 in 13 seasons and sent 14 players to the NBA. Bol Bol, Oshae Brisett and P.J. Washington could all make that jump this year.
Johnson had transferred to IMG Academy in Florida last year and briefly returned to play for Saugerties early last season. He did not finish the year with the Section 9 school and announced his decision to play for Findlay in February.
He said he was blind-sided by the news Friday, only learning of the decision after stepping off a plane and being overwhelmed with text messages.
"I couldn't believe it," Johnson said. "I was planning to play all four years at Findlay. I didn't get a call from the coaches or anything."
'Titans' coach dies: Bill Yoast, the assistant T.C. Williams football coach portrayed in the movie "Remember the Titans," died in Springfield, Va., on Thursday at the age of 94.
Yoast was portrayed by William Patton in the movie. He helped lead the team to a state championship in 1971 and bolstered race relations after the all-black T.C. Williams and two all-white Alexandria high schools were integrated under African-American coach Herman Boone.
"Bill was not going to allow racial differences to exist in this city," Boone said in a statement released by the Alexandria school district.