Pitt's Durand Johnson could be out a year with torn ACL, meniscus

By Matt Norlander | College Basketball Writer

Durand Johnson (USATSI)
Pitt's Durand Johnson was scoring 8.8 points per game. (USATSI)

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Pittsburgh has announced redshirt sophomore forward Durand Johnson is done for the year. Johnson injured himself during the Panthers' home game Saturday against Wake Forest, tearing both his right ACL and meniscus. Surgery is scheduled for later this week, and the school expects Johnson to be fully recovered within the next nine to 12 months.

So it could be a full year before he's able to play again.

“We are thoroughly heartbroken for Durand,” Pittsburgh coach Jamie Dixon said. “With his passion for the game and outstanding work ethic, Durand has contributed significantly to our success. He has made so much improvement in all facets of his game this year. I expect that same passion and work ethic to help Durand return at 100 percent next season.”

Johnson averaged 8.8 points and 3.0 rebounds in nearly 20 minutes per game. The Panthers are off to a 3-0 start in the ACC and are 15-1 overall. The next game is on the road, at 10-6 Georgia Tech at 9 p.m. Tuesday.

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