ITV Video: Brian Johnson

Freshman talks about the emotions of his first official game as a Louisville Cardinal

While Brian Johnson has been a member of Rick Pitino's team for over a year now a knee injury kept him sidelined for the entire run to the Final Four last year. On Saturday afternoon, in front of a soldout crowd, the freshman took to the hardwood inside Freedom Hall.

Johnson, who didn't start, was impressive during his 15 minutes of action, recording 8 points, 8 rebounds and 2 steals.

"It doesn't matter if I start or not, because I just enjoying winning," said the 6-foot-9, 245-pound North Carolina native.

U of L head coach Rick Pitino said that it shouldn't be surprise that Johnson's presence was noticable on Saturday.

"If he didn't hurt his knee, he would have been the all-time leading rebounder at Oak Hill Academy," said Pitino. "He had five rebounds to go and then he got hurt. Brian is going to be a good ball player. He's tenacious. He has to learn some things, but he's a freshman. All he did was watch [last year]. He has tremendous heart and he's tough, so he's going to get better and better."

Visit the link below to watch Brian Johnson talk about the emotion of playing in his first official game as a Cardinal and more.

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