The news on Thursday was as gloomy as the news on Wednesday.
Following a re-evaluation in Columbia, South Carolina junior guard Ty Johnson was judged to have a fractured right foot that will require surgery. He is out indefinitely.
In the first half of the Gamecocks’ 75-67 loss at Texas A&M on Wednesday, Johnson took a long rebound toward his basket on the left sideline and couldn’t avoid bumping into an official, appearing to step on the official’s foot. Immediately following the contact, Johnson crumpled to the floor clutching his right leg.
He did not return to the game, but returned to the bench halfway through the second half on crutches. Coach Frank Martin said that Johnson had a broken foot after the game, and USC issued a statement after another examination on Thursday.
Johnson was averaging 11.2 points and 3.4 assists per game as a backup to starting point guard Duane Notice. Notice, who has started the last nine games at the point, will continue to helm his spot but USC’s backups are down to one man – freshman Jaylen Shaw.
The Gamecocks could also look at freshman Justin McKie to play some minutes at a guard spot. McKie emerged from obscurity to score five points and grab three rebounds in 11 minutes on Wednesday.
“That opens the door for Jaylen Shaw,” Martin said after the game. “Jaylen has had good moments for us this year. Jaylen’s going to get a great opportunity to go out there. He gets a lot of opportunities in practice, now he gets to do it in a game.”
USC hosts Ole Miss at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday.
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