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Louisville freshman G David Johnson suffers significant shoulder injury

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Louisville fans may have to wait a bit longer than expected for their first glimpse of the freshman guard.

One of the more overlooked positive aspects of Chris Mack’s first year on the job as Louisville’s head basketball coach was the lack of any significant injuries. It appears Mack isn’t going to be as lucky in year two.

U of L has announced that freshman guard David Johnson suffered a shoulder injury during practice on Monday that could sideline him for 4-6 months.

“This is tough news on David for sure,” Mack said in a statement. ”I feel badly for DJ because of his excitement level to start his college career. He was having an excellent summer to date and we will miss him over the next few months. Knowing David’s work ethic, he will put in the time to get back as quickly as possible and be ready to impact our team this season.”

The 2019 7th Region Player of the Year, Johnson averaged 16.1 points, 7.2 rebounds and four assists as a senior last season while leading Trinity to its second state championship. Johnson was the named the Most Valuable Player of the state tournament.

One of the consistent themes of this offseason so far has been the buzz surrounding Darius Perry’s improvement heading into his junior year. With Johnson potentially sidelined for the beginning of the season, that buzz coming to fruition feels even more significant now.