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UK Recruiting: Keldon Johnson has injury scare in GEICO Nationals

Keldon Johnson gets dinged while competing in the prestigious tournament.

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With Oak Hill trailing 36-28 at the half, Keldon Johnson was inserted into the game in hopes of providing a spark to his team. Tha is one tough dude.


Keldon Johnson is out Friday while recovering from his ankle sprain.


Oak Hill coach Steve Smith said Keldon Johnson will be held out for the rest of the game if his team stays comfortably ahead. There’s already some swelling, but it looks like this is just a minor ankle sprain.

The Kentucky Wildcats are holding their breath a bit after watching Keldon Johnson suffer an injury in the GEICO Nationals.

Johnson is competing with Oak Hill Academy in the national tournament that seems the best teams in high school hoops competing for a championship.

Early in Oak Hill’s matchup with Garfield, Johnson rolled his ankle while throwing a lob to Florida signee Keyonta Johnson.

Keldon was in clear pain as he hobbled off the court and back to the locker room to be examined by trainers. It appears to be just a rolled ankle, but it’s still something to monitor.

The injury happened early in the first quarter, and when the second quarter began, he was seen with his ankle being iced and appears to be out for the rest of the game.

While this is probably nothing long term, it could be enough to sideline Johnson for the rest of the tournament, which runs through Saturday and could feature a matchup with RJ Barrett’s Montverde team in the finals.

That would be a bad break after we saw Johnson and Barrett going at each other in the McDonald’s All-American Game on Wednesday. The thought of seeing them clash again would have made Saturday a highly-anticipated matchup if both teams made it that far, but that is now in doubt.

We’ll keep you posted as more details on Johnson’s injury come out.

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