Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Former Texas Longhorn suffers fractured skull in an overseas game

Former Texas Longhorns basketball player Gary Johnson was hospitalized on Tuesday after suffering a fractured skull in an Israel Basketball Association game.

Johnson, a forward for Hapoel Galil Elyon, is currently being treated after being put in a medically induced coma. An IBA spokesman says Johnson's condition is not life threatening and he is expected to be woken from his coma on Wednesday.

Johnson was reportedly injured after receiving an accidental elbow from Johndre Jefferson of the Israeli team Elitzur Ramla. However, a conflicting report from a San Antonio news outlet claims that Johnson was injured after hitting his head on the backboard.

Jefferson tweeted on Tuesday that it is a "terrible feeling" to have been on the giving end of the collision.

The 6-foot-6 Johnson played for Texas between 2007 and 2011. The Longhorns reached the NCAA Tournament in every year he was there and went as far as the Elite Eight his freshman season, before losing to Memphis.


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