Jackson, Johnson leaving Rider
Jackson, highly regarded as a high school prospect in Reading, Pa., had a disappointing and at times troubling career at Rider. In 50 games, he averaged 1.8 points and 11.8 minutes, going from an occasional starter to a seldom-used reserve. In Rider's last six games, he played only once -- for two minutes in a blowout loss to Siena on Feb. 26.
After the game, Jackson criticized Rider's coaches on his Facebook page. A day later, backup center Robbie Myers was also critical of Dempsey, but Jackson and Myers dressed for the Broncs' MAAC tournament games against Saint Peter's and Siena.
Johnson, from Philadelphia via St. Thomas Moore Prep in Connecticut, signed with Rider after Matt Griffin opted to transfer to Boston University. He played in 22 games, averaging 1.3 points.
The departures leave Rider with two additional scholarships to fill. The Broncs have signed 6-foot-7 forward Danny Stewart to a letter of intent and secured a verbal commitment from 6-4 shooting guard Anthony Myles. DeShawn Mitchell, a 6-5 guard who sat out this season after transferring from UNLV, will also be eligible next year.