Florida freshman forward Chase Johnson has been cleared for individual drills and weight lifting but has yet to be cleared for practice while dealing with an undisclosed illness.
The 6-foot-9, 205-pound Johnson was unavailable for all three of UF’s games last week and hasn’t appeared in a game since Nov. 23 against Stanford. In four games this season, Johnson is averaging 4.3 points and 2.0 rebounds.
Johnson was coming off a promising summer, but the Ripey, W. Va., native’s development was slowed when he missed the final two weeks of preseason practices due to a concussion.
Florida could choose to redshirt Johnson if the lengthy illness persists. Per NCAA basketball rules, a player can obtain a medical redshirt if he/she plays in less than 30 percent of competition (9 games), with none of the games occurring past the midway point of the season.