But on Tuesday, Texas head coach Rick Barnes told Inside Texas Johnson's time waiting on the bench is drawing to close and that his return to the court is 'gonna happen.'
Johnson has yet to be cleared officially, but according to Barnes, he has been going through all of the normal workouts and conditioning with the team and has held up fine under all the rigors of practice.
The freshman forward was allowed to participate in the Longhorns' preseason exhibition against Xavier (La.), in which he put up 13 points, six rebounds and two blocks.
One of the players who is certainly excited about Johnson's return is point guard D.J. Augustin. Johnson brings a powerful inside-outside presence to the floor, which will help open up the outside shooters even more. Augustin also said that Johnson will bring some shooting over his own to the game.
"(Johnson's return) is going to be a great help, especially rebounding and defensively because that's what he does best and he also can score," said Augustin. "A lot of people don't know he can score. He's going to help us out a lot."
Johnson averaged 26 points and 13 rebounds a game his senior year at Aldine High School. Augustin told Inside Texas that even though the freshman has a lot of athleticism and potential to begin with, he's already seen great improvement ever since Johnson was allowed to participate fully in practice.
"He's practicing and getting better," said Augustin. "He's going to be a great help to our team and hopefully we can keep going further."
It is still unknown when Texas will officially clear Johnson to play in Texas' games. The No. 8 Longhorns are at 5-0 on the season and take on Texas Southern at the Erwin Center on Wednesday.