Originally published June 24, 2009 at 06:54p.m., updated June 25, 2009 at 12:00a.m.
Kansas University freshman basketball player Elijah Johnson had arthroscopic surgery on his left knee Tuesday in Lawrence.
The 6-foot-2 point guard/shooting guard, out of Las Vegas’ Cheyenne High, will miss two to three weeks of pick-up ball, KU coach Bill Self said.
“They (doctors) went in and cleaned it up,” Self said of the knee that Johnson hurt in a game back on Dec. 2. “He had a slight cartilage tear he suffered in high school. He was back in class today. He’s fine.”
Johnson — he does not need the use of crutches — remembers when he hurt the knee.
“I tried to dunk on a guy in a game. I came down and hit my knee. It’s bothered me off and on for six months now,” said Johnson, who experienced soreness in the knee last week.
“It was getting irritating. I got it taken care of. I’ll be out 21⁄2 weeks. It’ll be better than new,” added the player, who is known for his athleticism.