Injury Update: Brian Johnson

Needing just seven rebounds to break Oak Hill's single season rebounding record, 6'9 Brian Johnson injured his knee Saturday prior to the Warriors last game and came up just a bit short.

6'9 Brian Johnson needed just seven rebounds to break DeSagana Diop's single-season rebounding record with one game left to play.

After playing perhaps his best game of the season Friday night against Notre Dame Prep, posting 25 points and 12 rebounds, Johnson had the record, and a national championship, well within grasp.

But during warm-ups prior to Saturday's season finale against Laurinburg Institute, Johnson landed wrong during lay-up line and sprained his knee. He played briefly, and grabbed one board, before Steve Smith sat him the rest of the game.

Johnson, who missed some time last summer with a knee injury, injured the other knee this time, according to Smith. However, it doesn't appear the injury suffered in North Carolina is anything too serious.

"He said it's doing better today," Smith said. "But he's still having some problem running on it. There's no swelling or tear of the ligament."

Smith, whose program won another National Championship after finishing the season 38-0, says Johnson might have sacrificed the most individually this season to make the Warriors champions.

"This was a very unselfish team," Smith said. "And Brian might have sacrificed as much as anyone."

Smith said this team and the one that included Jerry Stackhouse, Jeff McGinnis, and Alex Sanders are the two best he's ever coached. He felt like the depth of the 1994 squad might give it an edge in the end.

Nevertheless, at 38-0, Johnson and Oak Hill have nothing left to prove to high school basketball world. Today, they are the undisputed national champions of the sport.


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