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Posted at 7:01 AM ET, 11/30/2010

Will Sherrill's injury may affect James Johnson's redshirt

By Steve Yanda

The second half of Virginia's 87-79 win Monday over No. 15 Minnesota delivered good news and bad news regarding Virginia's frontcourt situation. The good news was that junior center Assane Sene turned in his best performance of the season to date. He made 7 of 8 free throws and finished with seven points and six rebounds.

The bad news was that with just less than 11 minutes to play, senior forward Will Sherrill left the game with a right leg injury. Coach Tony Bennett said Sherrill soon would undergo X-rays to determine the extent of the injury, but Bennett did not look optimistic. The Cavaliers are neither deep nor experienced in the frontcourt. Freshmen forwards Will Regan and Akil Mitchell have played sparingly and inconsistently through the first seven games.

So, if Sherrill is lost for any extended period of time, Bennett likely will have to consider lifting the redshirt off freshman forward James Johnson, who Virginia coaches have said possesses a physical presence in the post.

The pros to making that move include getting Johnson game experience and providing immediate help to a frontcourt that could use some fortification behind senior forward Mike Scott. The cons include taking away an opportunity for Johnson, who is still relatively raw to the sport, to develop physically and in his understanding of the game while not in the line of fire, so to speak.

Maybe Sherrill's prognosis will turn out more positive than Bennett led on. Maybe he just misses a few games or a few weeks, and it's not a big deal. But in the event that Sherrill is in line to miss a significant portion of the season, what are your thoughts as to whether Bennett should lift Johnson's redshirt and play him this year?

By Steve Yanda  | November 30, 2010; 7:01 AM ET
Categories:  Men's Basketball  
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