|Hometown:||Los Angeles, Calif.|
|High School:||Artesia HS '07|
|College:||L.A. Southwest College|
Jim Hayford on Johnson: “He is the ‘X’ factor in that he has tremendous potential to help our team. But as a senior you don’t want people talking about your potential, you want them talking about how you are performing on the court. He’s recovered well from his thumb injury and that hampered his game last year. He has a three-dimensional game – he can post up and score, he can score off the dribble and he can score off the shot. As he picks up the offense and the flow and rhythm of the game, then incorporate his skills into that, he can be one of the most improved players in the Big Sky Conference.”
2010-11: In Big Sky Conference statistics, Johnson was fourth in blocked shots (1.2), 23rd in scoring (10.0), 16th in rebounding (5.1) and 14th in free throw percentage (77-of-101 for 76.2 percent) He finished with a total of 35 blocked shots to rank third in school history. He helped Eastern finish with 120 for the season, closing the year only 10 away from the school record of 130 set in 2006. A trio of Eastern players recorded three of the top 11 single season performances in school history including Johnson, Cliff Ederaine (34, tied for fourth) and Laron Griffin (28, tied for 11th). Johnson scored in double figures 13 times, including a team-leading four performances of at least 20 points. He led Eastern in scoring five times, including a 20-point effort in a 65-51 win over Portland State (1/27/11). In addition, he rebounded in double figures twice and led the Eagles on the boards in three games. He also was the team leader in blocked shots in 15 games, steals in seven outings and assists on one occasion. He finished third on the team with a 10.0 scoring average for the season, making 42.1 percent of his field goal attempts. He also averaged 5.1 rebounds and 1.2 blocked shots per game. Johnson had by far his best game of the season in Eastern’s 95-91 victory over Seattle (12/15/10). He scored a career-high 26 points on 7-of-8 shooting from the floor and 9-of-10 marksmanship from the free throw line. He also had eight rebounds and four blocked shots as he responded in a big way from a three-point, one-rebound effort against San Jose State three nights earlier. A starter in six of Eastern’s first eight games of the season, Johnson came off the bench in the victory over Seattle. Johnson had one of the most memorable dunks in school history in that same game versus Seattle, as well as one later in the season versus Montana (2/26/11). Johnson scored on an alley-oop dunk with 8:13 left in the Seattle game to give Eastern a 73-54 lead, and they would go on to win 95-91. Against Montana, with 1:38 to go in overtime, a fast break ended in a rim-rattling dunk by Johnson that brought the home crowd to its feet. The basket gave EWU a 52-50 lead and helped the Eagles toward a stunning 59-55 overtime victory over league-leader Montana. The win helped clinch a postseason berth for the Eagles, and in the process, kept the Grizzlies from clinching at least a share of the league title.
2009-10: Attended EWU for the first time in January 2010 after completing his associate degree. He was recruited by San Francisco and Arizona, but originally signed a letter of intent with the Eagles in spring 2009 and then re-signed in November 2009.
Junior College: Johnson averaged nine points and five rebounds as a freshman in the 2007-08 season at L.A. Southwest Junior College then redshirted as a sophomore. He was a junior college teammate with Eastern’s Laron Griffin.
High School: Graduated from Artesia High School in 2007. He averaged only 3.5 points, 0.7 blocked shots and 3.1 rebounds per game, but played on the nation’s No. 1 ranked high school team as rated by MaxPreps.com. The Pioneers finished 33-2 and 11-1 in the league, and won their last 12 games of the season to win the California state title. Artesia blasted Bishop O’Dowd 91-64 in the title game victory. Johnson’s best performance came in an 82-33 win over Glenn High School when he had 10 points and eight rebounds. One of his teammates at Artesia was James Harden, who played at Arizona State and now plays in the NBA for the Oklahoma City Thunder. As a junior, Johnson averaged 2.4 points, 2.6 rebounds and 0.5 blocks on a team that finished ranked third nationally. The Pioneers finished 33-1 and 12-0 in league play, and won the California state title with a 60-41 win over St. Mary’s that gave them a 21-game winning streak to end the season. Johnson’s top scoring performance was 12, also against Glenn High School.
Personal: Born Aug. 20, 1989, in Compton, Calif. Communications major. Parents are John Johnson and Rosie Ellis.