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October 20, 2005

Johnson on hold

Posted by Bob Condotta at 11:57 AM

Several people have asked about redshirt freshman forward Zach Johnson from Sacramento.

It doesnít appear as Johnson will play anytime soon, if ever.

Johnson arrived at UW having had one surgery on each knee while in high school. He redshirted last year while attempting to recover from the injuries.
But he suffered another knee injury that required surgery in the offseason and currently is unable to play. He still is with the team, helping out during practice any way he can.

If it is determined he canít recover well enough to play, he could be put on a medical waiver, meaning he could remain in school on scholarship but that the scholarship would not count against the basketball teamís allotment of 13. If that happened that would, obviously, open up another scholarship.

That is something that happens fairly regularly in football, where injuries are much more common. Several examples I can think of are tight end Ben Bandel and offensive lineman Nathan Rhodes, who each saw their careers end early yet remained in school on scholarship without it counting against the football teamís scholarship limit.