UCLA Reinstates Kris Johnson to Playing Status

Dec. 9, 1997

Kris Johnson, a 6-4 senior forward/guard, has been reinstated to the UCLA men'sbasketball team, head coach Steve Lavin announced today. He will be available toplay in Saturday night's home game against Cal State Fullerton.

Johnson was suspended for violation of athletic department policies and teamrules on September 29. He was reinstated for practices on November 17.

"Kris has made progress and has done everything we have asked of him," saidLavin. "He met with (UCLA athletic director) Pete Dalis today and was reinstated.We are happy to have him back on the squad because it means he has accomplishedthe goals we set for him back in September."

"I am excited to be back on the team and look forward to playing with myteammates," said Johnson. "Once again, I want to thank the administration, mycoaches and my family for their support. I made a mistake and I'm hoping thateveryone, especially our fans, will accept my apology."

Johnson played a key role for last year's team which won a third straightPacific-10 championship and reached the NCAA Elite Eight, finishing with a 24-8record. Johnson played in 31 of 32 games despite being bothered by a naggingankle injury, primarily as the Bruins' valuable sixth man. He averaged 10.3points and 3.0 rebounds and led the Pac-10 in free throw percentage (.835). As ahealthy sophomore, he started 21 of 31 games and averaged 12.5 points and 4.4rebounds while shooting .569 on his field goal attempts.