UNC wing Puff Johnson has been ‘given the full-go’ as he returns to practice

The UNC basketball program received good news on Monday afternoon as one of its key players has returned to practice.

Third-year wing Puff Johnson, who missed the first two games of the season, has been ‘given the full go’ and been cleared to return to practice, according to head coach Hubert Davis.

The plan is to get Johnson in full practice all of this week and be ready for the Tar Heels’ matchup with Portland on Nov. 24.

Johnson had been dealing with knee pain that kept him out part of the preseason and lingered into the first week of the regular season.

The 6-foot-8, 200-pound junior averaged 3.1 points and 2.0 rebounds per game last season. He appeared in 24 games after missing most of his first season with a knee injury.

Johnson made a name for himself on the national scene during the National Championship game. He came off of the bench and had 11 points and six rebounds in 18 minutes.

He will be a welcomed addition to a young bench that has had some inconsistencies through the first two games.

UNC faces off against Gardner-Webb on Tuesday at 8 pm ET.

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