Pitt basketball freshman guard Dior Johnson returned to practice this week and is expected to redshirt the 2022-23 season, sources told Pittsburgh Sports Now.
Johnson has been indefinitely suspended since his arrest in early October. On Dec. 9, Johnson pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor charges: one of strangulation, and one of Simple Assault, stemming from that arrest.
On Oct. 7, Johnson was suspended by the program shortly after he was arrested on Domestic Violence charges. Johnson was initially charged with one felony count of aggravated assault, one felony count of strangulation, one misdemeanor count of unlawful restraint, one misdemeanor count of simple assault, and one misdemeanor count of false imprisonment for an alleged incident that occurred on Sept. 5 and 6.
Johnson is a 6-foot-3 guard out of Saugerties, New York. The freshman was Jeff Capel’s highest-ranked recruit while at Pitt, and has yet to see the floor for the 9-4 Panthers.
Pitt’s backcourt combination of Nelly Cummings (11.2 points, 4.8 assists per game) and Jamarius Burton (14.4 points, 4.5 assists per game) has led the team to a strong start this year.
Pitt basketball head coach Jeff Capel is scheduled to address the media this afternoon.