Johnson to miss 2005-06

ATHENS - The 2006 basketball season is over before it ever started for Kendrick Johnson, a freshman forward for the Georgia Bulldogs. Johnson will miss the entire season because of ankle surgery to repair injuries incurred while playing high school basketball, according to an announcement today by Georgia head coach Dennis Felton.

Johnson, a 6-10 native of Morton, Texas, is one of five true freshmen on the Bulldogs' 2005-06 roster. He averaged 20.9 points and 9.1 rebounds last year in leading Morton High School to the Texas Class A state title.

"This is a disappointing turn of events," Felton said. "It is disappointing for the team because we were really looking forward to the impact Kendrick would have made this season. It is also disappointing for Kendrick to have to start his college career this way. But he has a great attitude about getting healthy and strong for next season, and we are going to do our best to move forward minus his contributions."

Georgia begins practice this weekend in preparation for the 2006 season. The Bulldogs will play one exhibition game – Nov. 5 against Concordia – before opening the season Friday, Nov. 18 against Old Dominion in the Paradise Jam tournament in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

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