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Johnson breaks foot, won't play in Europe

Villanova freshman Ty Johnson, a highly touted point guard, has a broken foot and will not play for the Wildcats on their upcoming trip to Europe.

Johnson breaks foot, won't play in Europe

Villanova freshman Ty Johnson, a highly touted point guard who played his senior year at Montrose Christian Academy, has a broken foot and will not play for the Wildcats on their upcoming trip to Europe.

Wildcats coach Jay Wright said Thursday the 6-foot-3 Johnson suffered the injury last month in a pickup game and underwent surgery. He said the freshman is expected to be ready for the start of pre-season practice in October.

Wright said Johnson will travel with the team next month on a week-long tour of France and the Netherlands but will not play.

“We really needed to see him this summer as a point guard,” Wright said. “But he’s not going to be able to play. So that’s a disappointment. We needed him to play.

“It happened right after he got here. That’s a spot that’s going to be important for us, the backup point guard spot.”

Wright said he has inserted another freshman, 6-6 Darrun Hilliard of Bethlehem, at the backup point guard position. He said freshman JayVaughn Pinkston also will see some time there. The 6-7 Pinkston returned to the team June 1 after sitting out the entire 2010-11 season because of a university suspension.

Johnson, who attended Plainfield (N.J.) High School before going to Montrose Christian for his final year of eligibility, averaged 15 points a game last season while leading his team to a 24-1 record. The school also produced current ‘Nova players Mouphtaou Yarou and Isaiah Armwood.

--Joe Juliano

Joe Juliano Inquirer Staff Writer
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Joe Juliano first visited the Palestra in 1970 after entering Temple University and became hooked for life on Big Five basketball. He'll always go with that name, figuring if the Big Ten can have 12 teams, why can't the Big Five have six?

Juliano joined the Inquirer in 1985 after 10 years at United Press International and has covered college sports for most of that time. His current beats are Villanova basketball, Penn State football, golf and the Penn Relays. Reach Joe at jjuliano@phillynews.com.

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