High School Basketball

Woodford County's Johnson suffers torn ACL

Indiana's Jeremy Hollowell tried to stop a drive to the  basket by Kentucky's Jay Johnson, who scored a team-high 16 points.
Indiana's Jeremy Hollowell tried to stop a drive to the basket by Kentucky's Jay Johnson, who scored a team-high 16 points.

Woodford County's Jay Johnson, one of the top high school basketball players in Kentucky, will miss at least the first part of his senior season after tearing his anterior cruciate ligament in a recent state AAU game.

The 6-foot-6 Johnson, who averaged 21 points and 12 rebounds as a junior, will have surgery in the next couple of weeks. Yellowjackets Coach Scott Hundley said Johnson's rehabilitation is expected to take about six months.

"It's going to depend a lot on how he heals," Hundley said. "It's going to be a lot of hard work for Jay. He could be back sometime in January, but we're not going to rush it. The most important thing is to get him back to full strength, looking ahead to his next four years (in college)."

Hundley is disappointed that Johnson will miss out on getting looked at during the July recruiting period. Oklahoma State, Tennessee and Xavier are among the schools interested in him.

Johnson has scholarship offers from Coastal Carolina, Morehead State and NKU.

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