Former Wahoo Nigel Johnson needs your help in recovery from accident

By Jerry Ratcliffe

Former Cavalier Nigel Johnson with his wife, Bailey, and son, Kairo.

A former Wahoo needs your help.

Nigel Johnson, who played guard for Tony Bennett’s 2017-18 team, is recovering from an accident that occured late in the summer, and the costs are overwhelming. Thusly, Ben and Jenny Ramsey have organized a GoFundMe campaign to aid the Johnson family.

So far, 409 donors have contributed $29,115 toward a $100,000 goal for medical costs.

Johnson was changing a flat tire on the side of the road when he was struck by a passing car, leaving him with multiple fractures and other injuries. Less than a month ago, Johnson underwent surgery on his clavicle after bones shifted and required a plate placed to allow the injury to properly heal.

After growing up in Northern Virginia, Johnson played at Kansas State in 2014-15, then played at Rutgers in 2016-17 before coming to UVA as a grad student. The 6-foot-1 guard appeared in 31 games (one start) and clocked 512 minutes, scoring 151 points.

Johnson most recently played in Hungary’s A League for Nyiregyhaza, and also starred for Americana For Autism in this summer’s The Basketball Tournament, leading the team all the way to the championship game.

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