Louisville men’s basketball is closer to becoming completely healthy.
David Johnson, a freshman from Trinity (Louisville) suffered a shoulder injury in late July that required surgery, but is ahead of the four-to six-month recovery timetable. Johnson started participating in non-contact portions of practice Monday.
“If we’re doing a shooting drill or running through our offense with no defense, the five-on-o as I call them,” Louisville head coach Chris Mack said. “Anything we’re doing with no contact, David is allowed to be out there with no restrictions. That helps him get his wind, an understanding of what we are doing on both ends of the floor.”
Mack expects Johnson, a 6-foot-5 guard, to participate in contact portions of practice three weeks from Oct. 25.
Malik Williams was sidelined with a broken bone in his right foot Sept. 20. The junior had a screw inserted into his fifth metatarsal Sept. 23 and was expected to miss six to eight weeks following the surgery.
Mack thinks Williams will be out of the walking boot next week, but the recovery timetable hasn’t been moved up.
All we are doing is looking at X rays, MRIs and images to see if the bone is healing, which it is,” Mack said.
The 6-foot-11 forward started 20 games last season, averaging 7.7 points and 6.1 rebounds. Williams had four double-doubles. He was elected as one of the team’s three captains this year.
Louisville hosts Bellarmine in a scrimmage Oct. 29 at the KFC Yum! Center. The Cardinals travel to Miami in the season opener a week later.