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John Johnson
John  Johnson


Philadelphia, Pa.

High School:
Life Center Academy (N.J.)

Last College:
University of Pittsburgh

Height / Weight:
6-1 / 185





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AS A JUNIOR (2013-14)

  • Played in 21 contests with an average of 6.9 points per game
  • Started in the final two games of the season, the first vs. Hampton (3/19/14) in first round of CBI action, ending night with two points
  • One of the first players off the bench in first 19 games since becoming eligible
  • Led team in scoring in two games, including his first appearance as a Nittany Lion against Mount St. Mary's (12/22/13) with 20 points ... Also had team-high 18 points at Illinois (1/4/14)
  • Averaging 6.7 ppg with 21 treys
  • Hits 77 percent of free throws (17-22)
  • Played a career-high 30 minutes in the Big Ten Tournament game vs. Minnesota (3/13/14)
  • Scored on both 3-pointer attempts at Northwestern (3/6/14), shooting 75 percent (3-4) from the field for eight points
  • Grabbed career-high four defensive rebounds against Illinois (2/9/14)
  • Produced 13 points in win over Nebraska, hitting three treys and both FT attempts ... Also pulled down two boards, tying a season high
  • Scored a game-high 18 points in the loss at Illinois (1/4/13), hitting four treys
  • In PSU debut, scored a career-high 20 points against Mount St. Mary's (12/22/13) ... Tallied 15 points in the second half to spark the comeback from an 11-point first half deficit


  • Transferred to Penn State and began practicing with the team in December 2012
  • Did not compete in an official game, but did see action in one exhibition game at Pittsburgh prior to transferring


  • Played in all 39 games with two starts while averaging 4.2 ppg and hitting 38.4 percent (33-86) from three on the year
  • His 33 3-point field goals (fifth) and 38.4 percent 3-point percentage (seventh) rank among the all-time best Pitt freshman season records...reached double figure scoring in two games
  • Was named a Big East Academic All-Star
  • Earned the team's free throw shooting award (83.3 percent)
  • Scored eight points going 2-for-2 from three in 13 minutes vs. St. John's in the Big East Championship First Round (3/6)
  • Hit a career-high tying 3-of-4 from three and scored nine points at Syracuse (1/16)
  • Made his first career start at DePaul (1/5) logging 10 points, a career-high four rebounds and four assists
  • Scored a career-high 13 points vs. VMI (12/6)
  • Scored eight points and converted a 3-point play with two seconds left at Tennessee, 12/3
  • Scored nine points and hit 3-of-3 from three vs. Duquesne, 11/30
  • Scored eight points and hit 2-of-2 from three in his first career game vs. Albany (11/11)
A combo guard who played in all 39 games as a true freshman at the University of Pittsburgh, Johnson transferred to Penn State in December of 2012 and was eligible to compete for the Nittany Lions in December of 2013. A four-time all-state selection during his prep career, Johnson was a prolific scorer posting 2,314 points while displaying a varied offensive game including a long-range jumper and the explosiveness to attack the basket. A proven winner who helped lead his prep teams to a 95-23 record and played more than 14 minutes a game in his first collegiate season, Johnson's toughness and passion for the game will be a great fit in Coach Patrick Chambers' program.

A 2011 graduate of Life Center Academy in Burlington, N.J. ... A four-year all-state selection, becoming just the second player from the Philadelphia area to earn four all-state honors in a high school career ... Scored a combined 2,314 points (19.6 ppg.) and compiled a 95-23 record in his prep career ... Named to the New Jersey All-State Prep team ... Guided Life Center Academy to a 22-8 overall record, scored 544 points, averaged 18.8 points, 4.0 assists, 4.0 rebounds and 1.8 steals as a senior ... Shot 52.0 percent (204-396) from the floor, 38.8 percent (38-98) from three-point range and 79.8 percent (95-119) from the free throw line ... LCA concluded the season ranked No. 10 in the state ... Scored over 20 points 12 times on the year ... Posted a season-high 33 points, added eight rebounds and six assists against Harrisburg ... Had 25 points and hit seven threes against Satellite Academy...scored 25 points (11-13 FT) vs. National Christian Academy ... Attended and played his first three high school seasons at Girard College High School in Philadelphia, Pa. ... A three-time Pennsylvania Associated Press Class A First Team selection ... Selected as the area's small school player of the year by the Philadelphia Inquirer in 2009-10 ... Ranked the nation's No. 69 recruit by Bob Gibbons ... Listed as the nation's No. 127 recruit by ... Rated the nation's No. 110 recruit by NBE Basketball.

The son of Arlene Johnson ... Born on December 9, 1991 ... Grandmother is Elizabeth Betty Johnson ... Nickname is "Flip."


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