Fans of Texas Longhorns basketball woke up to some terrible news this morning after it was reported that former Longhorn, Gary Johnson, was involved in an on-the-court incident while playing in a game overseas. Though reports of the injury seemed bleak at first, things seem to be looking up for the 24-year-old.
Johnson, the 6-foot-6 forward, played for the Longhorns from 2007-08 through 2010-11. As a senior, the four-year player averaged 11.5 points and 6.8 rebounds per game and was considered a fan favorite because of his toughness and intensity, despite battling a heart condition that kept him sidelined at the beginning of his collegiate career.
Since graduating two years ago, Johnson has been playing basketball overseas as a member of Hapoel Galil Elyon of the Israel Basketball League.
Johnson suffered the horrific injury when he was hit on the side of the head with an elbow while going up for a shot. The blow fractured Johnson’s skull, and play was stopped for 25 minutes while he was tended to by trainers and coaches.
Johnson was then taken to a local hospital where he was placed in a medically induced coma.
His former Texas teammates immediately took to Twitter to express their thoughts and concerns:
Damion James tweeted, “Sorry to hear about my Old Teammate Gary Johnson! N my prayers big homie!”
TJ Ford posted, “My Lil brother @garyjohnson44 in our (hearts).”
Thankfully, word has come out this afternoon that Johnson has since regained consciousness and is expected to make a full recovery. In fact, Texas basketball SID Scott McConnell informed the media that one of the Longhorns’ basketball trainers had received a text from Johnson saying, in his own words, “I’ll be fine.”