Franklin's injury ends season

By: Dudley E. Dawson
Published: Wednesday, November 7, 2018
Javon Franklin
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Javon Franklin

— Because of an injury suffered in his season opener last Thursday night, Arkansas 2019 basketball recruiting target Javon Franklin will not play at Goodman (Miss.) Holmes Community College the rest of 2018-2019 campaign.

Holmes head coach Jason Flanigan said Wednesday that Franklin (6-6, 200) will concentrate solely on his rehab from a broken bone in his leg and thus have three years at his next stop.

“He is out of the hospital and back on campus and the surgery went well,” Flanigan said of his fellow former Little Rock Parkview standout. “It is anywhere from a 6-12 week rehab, but he will not play in a Holmes jersey again.

“The right thing to do is let him take all the time he needs with his rehab, get him healthy and then let him have three years to play on the next level.”

Franklin has offers from Arkansas, Memphis, Missouri, Auburn and San Diego State and plans to sign in the spring of 2019.

He averaged 10.8 points and 6.2 rebounds as a freshman at Holmes while leading the 24-5 team to the National Junior College Athletic Association Tournament in Hutchinson, Kansas, last season.

Franklin was 3-of-3 from the floor and had six points, two rebounds and two blocks in Holmes' 88-75 win over Copiah-Lincoln before suffering the injury 11 minutes into the game while trying to take a charge.

“It’s very disappointing for him, but the right thing to do is just to look forward and do what is best for his future,” Flanigan said.

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