Shaq Johnson was dismissed by Auburn head coach Tony Barbee on Thursday, the school announced. Johnson, who was going to be a sophomore next season, was recently arrested in Alabama and charged with marijuana possession. The arrest was the primary reason for his dismissal, according to CBS Sports.
"We hold our student-athletes to a high standard at Auburn University in the way that they conduct themselves off the court," Barbee said in a release. "I am very disappointed in Shaq's choices and actions, and they won't be tolerated. This decision is not one that I take lightly, but it is in the best interest of both the program and the student-athlete."
Johnson played in 32 games last season and averaged 5.3 points, 3.0 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game. He started to really play well during the month of February, setting a career high with 18 points against Ole Miss on Feb. 23. Johnson was expected to be a key contributor for an Auburn team looking to rebuild after finishing last season with a 9-23 record.
Johnson committed to Auburn as a three-star prospect out of the 2011 class. He has not announced what his next steps will be as far as his basketball career goes.