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NC State’s Markell Johnson will play against Virginia

N.C. State’s Markell Johnson warms up before the Wolfpack’s game at Virginia on Sunday.
N.C. State’s Markell Johnson warms up before the Wolfpack’s game at Virginia on Sunday. ehyman@newsobserver.com

N.C. State sophomore guard Markell Johnson, who was suspended from the basketball team after he was indicted on felony assault charges in his hometown of Cleveland, Ohio, will play against Virginia on Sunday.

Johnson was suspended on Dec. 14, and hasn’t played a game for N.C. State since the Wolfpack’s 88-69 win over UMKC on Dec. 9.

The charges against Johnson were dropped on Thursday. He was allowed to return to the team that day, but did not play in the Wolfpack’s 78-77 win over Clemson that night.

While not in the starting lineup, Johnson will be in the Wolfpack’s playing rotation after missing the last seven games while suspended.

Prior to his suspension, Johnson started N.C. State’s first 10 games at point guard. Johnson averages 8.7 points per game and 6.6 assists per game. Freshman Braxton Beverly, who replaced Johnson in the starting lineup, is now the team leader with 67 assists. That’s just one more than Johnson despite Beverly playing in five more games than Johnson.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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