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Two LSU Hoopsters Say Adios

A pair of players from last year’s LSU basketball team won’t be back next season.  Guard Aaron Dotson plans to transfer closer to his home state of Washington to be closer to his ailing mother.  Walk-on guard Daron Populist will be transferring to a small school in Louisiana.

Dotson’s mother was diagnosed with breast cancer last October.  She has had surgery and has also been undergoing chemotherapy.

“When you start talking about the magnitude of what he dealth with, I think it’s pretty self-explanatory,” Trent Johnson said.  “It was an emotional time for me and him both.”

Dotson averaged 6.8 point and 2.7 rebounds for the Tigers last year.  “I’ve had a great experience at LSU the past two years and thank Coach Johnson for the opportunity to play at LSU and in the SEC,” Dotson said in a press release.  “But, with my mother’s situation at this time, I feel it’s best for me to get closer to home.  I wish nothing but the best for LSU.”

And those of us at wish nothing but the best for Dotson and his mother.

As for Populist, Johnson said he “has added value to our program on and off the floor.”  The Louisiana native has played in 35 games the last two years and scored a career-high eight points against Arkansas this past season.

“I feel very fortunate to have been an LSU Tiger the past two seasons,” Populist said via release.  “I appreciate the opportunity Coach Johnson has given me and look forward to my next challenge.”

LSU is currently at 12 scholarships which gives Johnson the ability to sign one player during the already underway spring signing period.


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