Originally written on The Dagger  |  Last updated 12/27/11
At a time when Virginia has cracked the AP Top 25 for the first time in Tony Bennett's tenure and emerged as an NCAA tournament contender, the Cavaliers are also dealing with some unexpected roster attrition. Sophomore guard KT Harrell and redshirt freshman forward James Johnson, both decided to leave the program this past weekend, leaving Virginia (10-1) shorthanded heading into the start of ACC play next month. Bennett will only have nine scholarship players at his disposal even after he said he'd opt to play Paul Jesperson, a 6-foot-6 freshman guard from Merrill, Wis. who was going to redshirt this season. Dwindling playing time was a factor in the decisions of both Harrell and Johnson. Harrell started Virginia's first five games of the season but averaged less than 12 minutes per game off the bench in the team's past six contests because the accuracy of his outside shot declined. And Johnson has appeared in just six games and averaged a mere 6.2 minutes off the bench. "We're jus...
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