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Mid-American Conference grants Raheem Johnson medical hardship waiver

The Buffalo Bulls forward will get to play next season after missing this year due to injury.

UB Men's Basketball senior Raheem Johnson has been approved for a medical hardship waiver by the Mid-American Conference office and has been granted an extra year of eligibility for 2016-17. Johnson missed all but one game this season before suffering a season-ending foot injury.  He saw 16 minutes of action and had four points and seven rebounds at Iowa State.

A medical redshirt is available to student-athletes who suffer a season-ending injury before the halfway point of the season and before the player competes in at least 30 percent of his team's games or three contests, whichever is greater.

Part of the original #NateOatsPipeline, Johnson was a key bench player during UB's title run in 2014-15, averaging a handful of points and rebounds in 12 minutes a game. Johnson was also UB's best shot blocker, averaging 1.1 a night and leading the team on the season with 37.

Johnson's injury left a hole in UB's front court which, over time, was filled by other players. But the news he will be back next season means the Bulls are only losing two players this season and should have a strong front court next year.