LSU basketball coach Trent Johnson granted the release of starting swingman Aaron Dotson, as well as walk-on Daron Populist. Here is more from Jim Kleinpeter of the Times Picayune and

Dotson, who played in 29 games and started 17 last season, was LSU's top recruit from the class of 2009 after signing out of Ranier High School in Seattle, Wash. His mother was diagnosed with breast cancer last year, which played a part in his decision to transfer to a school closer to home.

"I had a great experience at LSU the past two years and thank Coach Johnson for the opportunity to play at LSU," Dotson said in a press release issued by the LSU sports information office.  "But with my mother's situation at this time, I feel it is best for me to get closer to home. I wish nothing but the best for LSU."

Dotson averaged 6.8 points, 2.7 rebounds and 1.5 assists in 23.6 minutes of action per game. He led the team in 3-point shooting percentage at 37.5 (21 for 56).

Attrition continues to follow Trent Johnson and the LSU basketball team. Dotson's reason for leaving is understandable, and something out Johnson's hands. A personal family situation is unfortunate, but the fact remains that players continue to leave LSU.

"Aaron has asked for his release from the program," Johnson said. "He has helped build the foundation of our program the last two years.. We wish him success moving forward."

The foundation of the program the last two years has been dreadful. Next season will certainly be a make or break year for coach Johnson.

Walk-on Daron Populist is planning on signing a national letter of intent with another Louisiana school, and released the following statement.

"I feel very fortunate to have been an LSU tiger the past two seasons. I appreciate the opportunity Coach Johnson has given me and look forward to my next challenge."