Anthony Grant: Chase Johnson has ‘all of our support’ as he recovers at home in West Virginia

Dayton’s Chase Johnson dunks against Houston Baptist on Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2019, at UD Arena. David Jablonski/Staff
Dayton’s Chase Johnson dunks against Houston Baptist on Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2019, at UD Arena. David Jablonski/Staff

Redshirt sophomore forward has missed five straight games

Forward Chase Johnson missed his fifth straight game Monday as the Dayton Flyers beat North Florida 77-59 at UD Arena.

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Dayton announced before the Drake game on Dec. 14 Johnson had been sidelined with an illness and updated his situation before the game Monday.

“Chase Johnson is doing well as he recovers from post-concussive stress syndrome,” read a UD press release. “He is continuing to make great strides and is looking forward to joining the team when he is medically cleared.”

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Johnson, a redshirt sophomore who transferred from Florida to Dayton in January 2019, averaged 5.1 points and 2.8 rebounds in the first eight games this season. He had his best game Dec. 3 against Houston Baptist, scoring 18 points on 9-of-10 shooting in 14 minutes.

After the game Monday, coach Anthony Grant said Johnson remained at home with his family in Ripley, W.Va., and players and coaches have kept in contact with him, mostly through text messages.

“He’s got all of our support here within our team, within the athletic department, within the university to get what he needs,” Grant said.

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Dayton guard Trey Landers said, “We show him we’re there for him. We reach out to him and make sure he’s in good spirits. That’s all we can do right now until he gets back, which obviously is not up to us. That’s up to (trainer) Mike Mulcahey.”

Johnson played in four games as a freshman at Florida and received a medical redshirt because of concussion issues. He appeared in two games early in his sophomore year at Florida, averaging 3.0 points and 2.0 rebounds in six minutes per game and was hampered by another concussion early in the season before he decided to leave the program in December 2018.

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