On June 15, 2015, the University of Minnesota announced that former DeLaSalle star guard and top in-state basketball recruit Jarvis Johnson will sit out his freshman season after failing to clear a medical exam due to a heart condition.
Despite the heart condition, which caused him to collapse on-court as an eighth-grader, Johnson has built quite the basketball résumé. The 6’-1” guard started on four state championship teams and earned all-tournament honors four consecutive seasons while being named to the all-metro and all-state teams.
He was also a member of the Howard Pulley Panthers, one of the top AAU boys’ basketball programs in the country. The day before his announcement, Johnson scored 29 points while earning MVP honors in the Inner City All-Star Classic.
A documentary of Johnson’s story aired on ESPN last Sunday morning. He will remain on scholarship with the Gophers.
This week’s Prep photos show Johnson over the past four years while leading DeLaSalle to four consecutive state championships.
Dr. Mitchell Palmer McDonald is a contributing columnist at the Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder.