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Kedren Johnson gets NCAA waiver

Memphis guard Kedren Johnson has received a waiver from the NCAA and will be able to play for the Tigers this season.

Memphis coach Josh Pastner confirmed the news Tuesday to ESPN.

The 6-foot-4 Johnson, who led Vanderbilt in scoring (13.5 points per game) two years ago, was suspended all of last season and was not asked to return to the program. He decided to transfer to Memphis in August.

Johnson, once he gets into shape, is the front-runner to start at point guard for the Tigers. He also averaged 3.6 assists and 3.5 rebounds per game in 2012-13.

Memphis lost all four guards from last season: seniors Joe Jackson, Geron Johnson, Chris Crawford and Michael Dixon. Freshman Pookie Powell also will battle Johnson for minutes at the point guard spot.

Memphis opens the season Nov. 18 against Wichita State in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.