Tag:Reggie Johnson
Posted on: February 26, 2012 5:17 pm

Miami's Reggie Johnson ineligible by NCAA

By Jeff Goodman

Miami junior big man Reggie Johnson has been declared ineligible by the NCAA and won't play tonight against Florida State. 

The school put out a statement that Johnson is seeking his immediate reinstatement from the NCAA. 

"In the process of the ongoing joint NCAA-UM inquiry, it was discovered that members of Johnson's family received impermissible travel benefits from a member of the former basketball coaching staff." 

"Johnson was unaware of the benefits and his family was told they were permissible by that member of the former basketball coaching staff." 

The former staff was led by current Missouri coach Frank Haith. 

This is a significant blow to Miami's hopes to make the NCAA tournament. 

Johnson missed the first nine games of the season while recovering from injury. The team is 11-6 since he returned and is 16-10 overall with a 7-6 mark in ACC play. 

Johnson is averaging 10.6 points and 6.9 rebounds per game. 

Category: NCAAB
Posted on: September 2, 2011 9:56 am
Edited on: September 2, 2011 10:08 am

Don't call Miami's Reggie Johnson fat

By Jeff Goodman

CORAL GABLES, Fla. - When I walked into the weight room, I almost didn't recognize him.

A slimmed-down version of Reggie Johnson was in the midst of his rehab.

I'll be honest. I had written Johnson off the moment I heard the news back in early July that he would be out 5-6 months after suffering a major knee injury.

But that was when he was, well, fat (please don't tell him I said that). 

That would put his return around the New Year - and usually, 300-plus pounders (Johnson played at about 310 a year ago) aren't able to come back quickly and in shape after being on the mend for such a lengthy period of time.

But Johnson has dropped about 20 or so pounds and is down in the 285 range - and Larranga and his staff are hopeful he will be able to make an impact when he returns, whether that be in December or January.

"I'm no doctor and just know the doctors told me it would be six months for him to be 100 percent," Larranaga said.

"We're going to have three different seasons," he added. "Without Reggie, when Reggie comes back and then with a healthy Reggie. We're obviously a different team with him."

Johnson gives the Hurricanes something few teams can boast these days: a legitimate inside presence and a guy who can score in the post. He averaged 11.9 points and 9.6 rebounds last season.

Larranga has already gone through plenty of adversity since taking the job down in Miami - as I documented in my story last night - but the return of a sub-300 pound Johnson for ACC play would give the Hurricanes a chance to be an NCAA tournament team this season.

Photo: AP
Posted on: July 1, 2011 1:48 pm
Edited on: July 1, 2011 2:10 pm

Miami takes hefty hit with loss of Reggie Johnson

By Jeff Goodman

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.

Photo: AP
Category: NCAAB
Posted on: May 21, 2011 12:26 pm
Edited on: May 21, 2011 12:46 pm

A look at the NBA combine measurements

Gary Flowers can get up there

Posted by Eric Angevine

Get out your tape measures - the NBA has released all the pertinent figures from the draft combine.

When I say "pertinent", I'm actually being sort of facetious. Knowing who has the longest arms or highest vertical leap doesn't really tell us much about who will be a good NBA player. It makes sense to take the measurements, so teams know what they're getting, but it's mostly just entertaining to look at from a fan perspective.

Via DraftExpress, here are some highs and lows:

Shortest: Isaiah Thomas (Washington) 5-foot-8.75

Tallest: Mike Tisdale (Illinois) 6-11.75

Lightest: D.J. Gay (San Diego State) 159-lbs.

Heaviest: Reggie Johnson (Miami) 307-lbs.

Shortest Wingspan: Mickey McConnell (Gonzaga) 6-1

Longest Wingspan: Dallas Lauderdale (Ohio State) 7-6.5

*Lowest Vertical Leap: Vlad Moldoveanu (American U.) 21.5

*Highest Vertical Leap: Gary Flowers (Southern Miss) - 35.5

*Lowest Vertical Reach: Diante Garrett (Iowa State) 2-foot-4

*Highest Vertical Reach: Gary Flowers (Southern Miss) 11-foot-11

*Lowest Body Fat Percentage: Ravern Johnson (Mississippi State) 3.0

*Highest Body Fat Percentage: Reggie Johnson (Miami) 22.4

*Shortest Hands: Kevin Jones (West Virginia) 7 inches

*Longest Hands: Greg Smith (Fresno State) 11.25 inches

[* denotes categories that did not include measurements for every player at the combine]
It's quite possible that some of these measurements do change a player's draft fortunes by smidgens here or there. Kevin Jones' tiny hands could give an exec a moment's pause when deciding between him and, say, Greg Smith, who can probably palm a medicine ball in each hand. Reggie Johnson shows up in several undesireable slots here, which makes his earlier withdrawal from draft consideration look like a very good idea. Gary Flowers' athleticism stands out as a positive for the lesser-known player from Southern Miss.

**UPDATE**: According to the following tweet from a newspaperman in attendance, Keith Benson of Oakland may actually be our vertical leap champ - "@vgoodwill(Detroit News): Keith Benson outjumped the marker in workouts. Meaning he jumped past 12 feet. #WOW"

All told, it's just kind of entertaining to look at.

Photo: US Presswire
Posted on: May 8, 2011 2:06 pm
Edited on: May 8, 2011 6:25 pm

Miami and Xavier get key pieces back

Posted by Eric Angevine

Good news for two coaches - one who decided to stay at a high-quality mid-major and one who left for the ACC. Two of college basketball's top underclassmen are returning to school rather than stay in the NBA draft.

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Jim Larranaga, who took over the Hurricanes after leaving George Mason, will have an easier transition now that his star big man is back. "Great news Hurricane fans, Reggie Johnson will return next season." Larranaga reported via his Twitter account, @CanesCoachL.

Johnson, a 6-foot-10, 303-pound center from North Carolina, tested the draft waters after just two seasons in Coral Gables. While he was not a household name by any means, his averages of 11.9 points, 9.6 rebounds and 1.3 blocks per game were nothing to sneeze at. His return will give Larranaga a strong inside presence to build around as the sexagenarian coach attempts to make Miami a contender in the conference of North Carolina and Duke.

A more well-known player will return to Xavier this season, as well. Tu Holloway, the 6-foot junior who scored nearly 20 points per game to go with 5.4 assists per, will withdraw from the draft and play his senior season for Chris Mack. Holloway's return will put Xavier back in the hunt for the A-10 title in the upcoming season, alongside a Temple team that gets Ramone Moore back for one more go-around.
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