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Ex-Texas Basketball Player Hospitalized in Israel After Skull Fracture

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Gary Johnson, a former University of Texas basketball player, is reportedly in stable condition after surgery to repair a skull fracture incurred during a basketball game in Israel on Tuesday. Johnson, who played four years at Texas from 2007-’11, plays for ¬†Hapoel Galil Elyon. He planned to return to the United States after Tuesday’s game.

Accounts of how Johnson received the injury differ. According to Christine Krzyzanowski of Two Affix, a Philadelphia-based marketing firm, Johnson incurred the injury when his head collided with a backboard. Kryzanowski is in contact with Johnson’s agent. But ESPN reports that Elitzur Ramla forward Johndre Jefferson hit Johnson in the head with his elbow. “Gary made a step-through move, and when he was going up I was close enough to block the shot and I blocked it on the backboard,” Jefferson told The Associated Press. “I don’t know how it happened, but when I was coming down my elbow caught him in the forehead.”

Johnson was put into a medically induced coma but has regained consciousness, the Israel Basketball Association said Wednesday. Johnson was awake and communicative, said IBA spokesman Hagai Segal. He is expected to make a full recovery.

Johnson, who played four years at Texas from 2007-’11, spent much of this season with Hapoel Galil Elyon of the Israeli league. He had been playing with a stress fracture in his foot, and expected to return to the United States after Tuesday’s game

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