Miami takes hefty hit with loss of Reggie Johnson
Posted on: July 1, 2011 1:48 pm
Edited on: July 1, 2011 2:10 pm
Miami may have just gone from an NCAA tournament team to an NIT squad - due to a pickup game.
Jim Larranaga walked into a good situation down in South Beach – and not just because of the quality of life, either.
The former George Mason coach took over a team that has enough talent to get to the NCAA tournament in his first season with one of the top guards in the ACC in Durand Scott and also one of the elite big men in Reggie Johnson.
However, Johnson’s status for the start of the year is now up in the air after he tore his meniscus in his right knee Monday night in a pickup game.
According to the school, he’ll be out for 5-6 months.
That puts his return around January in time for ACC play.
``It’s too early to set a precise timeline on his return,” Larranaga said in a statement. ``But we are optimistic he will be back on the court as soon as possible, most likely the beginning of conference play.”
However, for a big man like Johnson, who goes in excess of 300 bills, it’s difficult to imagine him coming back and being much of a factor this season.
Johnson averaged 11.9 points and 9.6 boards per game last season and was a force in the paint.
Miami still has talent, especially on the perimeter with Scott and backcourt mate Malcolm Grant. However, this is a mammoth loss.
No pun intended.