Johnson, a 6-4, 195-pound combo guard from Las Vegas, will return to the court in six to eight weeks, Self indicated.
“The reason we’re not going to bring him back sooner is there’s no reason to rush it,” Self said, explaining, “it was a scope. There was some swelling. When you have floating particles, they need to get in there and clean it up. By the middle of June he should be close to 100 percent. He should be good to go in June. This will not set him back at all.”
Johnson in the interim will “rehab it, get it stronger,” Self said of the knee.
Johnson — he averaged 10.2 points, 3.5 assists and 3.2 rebounds a game last season — had some swelling during the NCAA tournament.
“He played on it. It was something that didn’t bother him,” Self said of Johnson’s play. “But he couldn’t last another year without getting it cleaned up. We did an MRI after the season that told us it needed to be cleaned up.”
The Athletic Department of Pratt Community College is pleased to announce an evening of sports entertainment to be provided for Pratt and the surrounding area.
On Saturday, May 5th, the famous KU Barnstormers will be in town to play an exhibition basketball game against a team of “locals.” The event will be held at Dennis Lesh Sports Arena on the campus of PCC.
Tickets are $5 per person, no passes or complimentary tickets will be honored. Tickets are available online at prattcc.edu, at the PCC athletic department or at the door.
An autograph session is scheduled from 5-6:45 p.m. but officials stress that a ticket purchase does not guarantee an autograph. Game tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m.
Among the Jayhawk players expected to appear are Connor Teahan, Jordan Juenemann and Tyshawn Taylor, although KU players are subject to change.
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The University of Kansas and the City of Lawrence will rename stretches of two streets after former KU football coach and player Don Fambrough at a ceremony on Saturday, April 28.
The ceremony, which will feature KU officials, Lawrence City Commissioner Hugh Carter and Fambrough’s son Preston, will take place at 11:15 a.m. at what is now the intersection of 11th and Maine Streets.
The Lawrence City Commission voted in March of 2012 to rename 11th Street, from Mississippi Street to Missouri Street, Fambrough Drive. KU will rename the stretch of Maine Street behind the Memorial Stadium press box Fambrough Way.
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UConn's mass exodus continued -- the tally is now at five -- as sophomore forward Roscoe Smith has been granted his release from scholarship, a source told Hearst Connecticut Media Group Saturday morning. The story was first reported by CBSSports.com and later confirmed by the UConn athletic department.
Smith's impending exit deals another crippling blow to UConn's depleted frontcourt, which has already lost Alex Oriakhi to transfer -- he committed to Missouri on April 13 -- and freshman Andre Drummond to the NBA Draft. Reserve big man Michael Bradley also filed for transfer, leaving Tyler Olander as the only post player with significant experience.
Smith, a starter in 33 of 41 games during UConn's run to the 2011 national title, struggled to crack the rotation on a regular basis this past year. He averaged just 4.4 points and 3.3 rebounds in 18.3 minutes per game. A natural small forward, Smith received most of his time as a high-post player, where he thrived for a critical five-game stretch that helped UConn clinch its NCAA berth.
Former University of Arizona basketball player Jesse Perry was arrested Friday by Tucson police and charged with felony domestic violence after a woman was briefly hospitalized with injuries she said were caused by Perry.
According to the police report, a woman on Friday was treated for injuries that were not considered life-threatening and released from the hospital the same day. Police investigating the injuries said they "learned that the suspect of the assault had previously had a romantic relationship with the victim, making the assault domestic violence in nature."
The Atlanta schoolboy legend will make his highly-anticipated college decision shortly after 4 p.m. Monday.
Parker, who is ranked as the nation’s No. 20 overall college basketball prospect by Scout.com, will pick between hats from Duke, UGA, UCLA, Kansas, Ohio State and Memphis.
“Whichever college gets Tony, they will be getting a player with a good feel for the game and a great basketball IQ, along with an incredible post presence,” Miller Grove High School basketball coach Sharman White told the AJC on Sunday night.
… BruinsBall.com, a website which covers UCLA basketball, made its prediction on Sunday night: “I just got the final word from my sources that Parker is going to sign with UCLA. While nothing is ever 100% in the recruiting game, I cap it at 90% that Parker will be a Bruin, 9% that he will head to Georgia to stay close to home, and 1% that he will choose elsewhere.”
Another player I saw during the time at Hopkins was Kansas commitment Conner Frankamp. The 6-foot-1 guard was sensational with 21 points for KC Run GMC. He’s a top 50 player and proved that to me on this night.
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Przemek Karnowski, a 7-foot-1, 280-pound center from Poland, is reportedly considering Gonzaga, Marquette, Duke, Kansas and Pac-12 schools, dukehoopblog.com reports. Karnowski helped lead Poland to the silver medal at the U-17 World Championships in Germany. He will be a freshman next season.
In other recruiting news, KU has offered a scholarship to Marcus Lee, a 6-8 junior power forward from Deer Valley High in Antioch, Calif., according to Bossi.
Indiana, Florida and several Pac-12 schools are involved. KU coach Bill Self reportedly saw Lee play at an AAU tournament in Minneapolis last weekend.
Lee said he has heard from “most of the Pac-12 and Big-12” and will get a lot more interest after a solid weekend for the California Supreme team in the event.
Indiana had coaches at every game Lee played. Lee said the Hoosiers have not extended a scholarship offer but was “hoping” to hear from them soon.
With his progression, Lee is expected to rise in the rankings. He has been to Pepperdine, California and St. Mary’s and said he wants to visit Texas and Texas A&M.
ESPN.com had him ranked as the No. 10 player in California before this spring.
“I have improved a lot,” he said. “ ... I just tried to keep working. I think more than anything it was me knowing I am a big man. I floated a lot freshman and sophomore year. But I try to be a big man.”
The focus early Saturday morning on Day 2 of Hoop Group’s Pittsburgh Jam Fest centered on the Harrison twins, the 2013 Houston guard duo, both of whom are Top 5 prospects in the country.
The two, Andrew and Aaron, led an athletic Houston Defenders team to a first-round victory, with a bleacher full of college coaches looking on.
“Our lists are still open,” Andrew told NBCSports.com. “We have a top four, but that doesn’t mean another school can’t come up.”
The duo lists Kentucky, Maryland, Baylor, and Villanova as the leading programs at this point.
Kansas assistant Norm Roberts was in attendance to watch the Defenders win, as was Maryland head coach Mark Turgeon.
Harrison also made one thing clear: they will choose a school as a duo and are set on playing together in college.
“We’re definitely a package deal,” said Aaron. “One-hundred percent.”
They are coached by their father, Aaron Sr., with the Defenders and attend Travis High School (Tx.).
Jabari Parker is the No. 1 player in the Class of 2013 and one of the best high school players nationally in any class.
The Chicago native said he doesn’t have a list of schools narrowed down yet and is being “patient.”
But he talked about the recruiting process after helping the Mac Irvin Fire team to a win in the Elite Youth Basketball League event on Friday night.
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After a bit of a quiet season at Montrose Christian (Rockville, Md.), Ishmail Wainright of Team Takeover showed why he is still an elite 2013 prospect against top-rated sophomore Andrew Wiggins and CIA Bounce. Wainright made life miserable for Wiggins defensively, limiting the Huntington Prep (W.Va.) star to just eight points on 2 of 6 shooting. The 6-5, 220-pound wing-forward also contributed 11 points, eight rebounds and four assists in a losing effort. No hesitation in saying he's one of the best defenders in the country.
...Expect Semi Ojeleye to climb in the MaxPreps Class of 2013 Top 100 when it is updated in July. Currently ranked No. 39, the Ottawa, Kan., product is an athletic 6-6 wing-forward that can guard virtually every position on the floor and has a fluid stroke. He's a really nice kid, too.
His older brother Victor played at Kansas State and the Wildcats were a strong player in his recruitment under Frank Martin. New K-State head coach Bruce Weber hasn't wasted any time getting acquainted.
"He's been to our school twice," Ojeleye said of Weber. "He's shown a lot of interest. I feel like it would be a nice fit. The fans, since they know my brother, it would be a great place to play and great environment."
Ojeleye averaged 31.7 points and 7.1 rebounds per game as a junior at Ottawa, earning Junior All-American honors from MaxPreps. He expects to narrow a growing list of suitors toward the end of the summer.
Team Texas Titans junior Julius Randle is a stud. He had 18 points, eight rebounds, five assists and five steals in a win over Team United. Oh yeah, he also had a two-handed dunk over a defender just before the buzzer for the 66-64 win. He’s one of the elite players – likely No. 2 behind Jabari Parker – in the ’13 class. In the first game of the day, Randle had nine points and eight rebounds as the Titans beat the Wisconsin Playground team.
…Marcus Lee had six points, six rebounds and three blocks for Supreme. Lee had 17 points and six rebounds later in a big win over the Georgia Stars.
…Metro Hawks guard Isaiah Lewis is a solid combo guard and lists Louisville in his top five. But he’s a lot like Anton Gill and not as good in my opinion. I would imagine that Louisville won’t make much of a move on Lewis at this time.
…Team Takover is also struggling at 0-3. BeeJay Anya has played up and down, including a 12-point, five-rebound effort in a loss to Meanstreets.
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The star of just about any game he plays is Class of 2013 top-ranked player Jabari Parker (photo). The 6-foot-8 standout from Chicago Simeon had 20 points in 23 minutes and just attacks the rim. He helped the Mac Irvin Fire to a win over the Bluff City Legends 73-67. Parker has improved his perimeter game and is just the all-around best player in the country. His motor goes and goes and goes. He’s fun to watch.
…In the loss, Al Freeman led Boo Williams with 20 points, while UK target Troy Williams – who is looking at the Wildcats and North Carolina – had 11 points but only managed 5 of 13 field goals. I was impressed with the improved and controlled play of Anthony Barber, who had 12 and said UK and U of L have inquired.
…Louisville target Isaiah Lewis had 23 points on 8 of 15 from the field as the Metro Hawks beat the Tennessee Travelers 64-61.
LCJ: EYBL day one
The Boo Williams Summer League boys' 17-under team fell to 0-2 in the Nike Elite Youth Basketball League Saturday afternoon in Eagan, Minn.
The BWSL team led Athletes First of Oklahoma by nine at halftime, but couldn't hold the lead and lost 47-45.
Boo's team faces the Speice team of Indianapolis at 7:30 Eastern time, then finishes off the first of four EYBL weekends on Sunday by playing Team Takeover of Washington, D.C., at 1:30 EDT.
The next series of EYBL games will be next Friday through Sunday at the Boo Williams Sportsplex in Hampton.
Boo's team lost its first game Friday night to Team United of North Carolina 69-50.
For the second straight game, Al Freeman of Olympic High School in Charlotte led the BWSL team. He scored 12, but was the only player in double figures.
Troy Williams of Phoebus had 8 and Hampton's Anthony Barber 7, but they combined to miss 17 of their 24 shots.
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