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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 / 175





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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 will be eligible to compete for the Nittany Lions in December of 2013 following the completion of the 2013 fall semester. 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.


Transferred to Penn State and began practicing with the team in December...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 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...averaged 22.2 points (578 points), 4.4 assists, 3.5 rebounds and 3.0 steals per game... hit 35 percent (52-150) of his three-point attempts and 76 percent (124-164) of his free throws while leading Girard College to the PIAA Class A state quarterfinals and 22-8 record as a junior...scored 30 or more points seven times and 20-plus points in 16 games...junior season ended with a 65-54 loss to Reading Central Catholic in which he scored 25 points and hit six threes...finished with 30 points vs. Marian Catholic...scored 31 points (5-8 3FG) vs. Calvary Baptist...finished with 30 points and a season-high 11 assists vs. Philadelphia Montgomery...scored a season-high 38 points (13-23 FG) vs. Marple Newtown...averaged 27.0 points and converted 54 percent of his threes over the season's last six games...guided the Cavaliers to their third consecutive PIAA Class A state title, 26-4 record and 12-0 league record as a sophomore in 2008-09...named Third Team All-Southeastern Pennsylvania in 2008-09...averaged 21.3 points, 5.5 assists and 3.4 steals per game as a sophomore...scored 30 points (11-18 FG) and finished with four assists and seven steals in leading the Cavaliers to an 80-70 win over Kennedy Catholic in the state final at the Bryce Jordan Center...scored 37 points (14-21 FG) including 28 in the first half, hitting 5-of-10 threes in an 86-51 state semifinal win over the Scotland School...finished with a career-high 51 points, 10 steals and five assists despite not playing in the fourth quarter vs. Plumstead Christian... Led Girard to a 25-3 overall and 17-1 Bicentennial League record as a freshman in 2007-08...guided Girard to its second straight District 1 Class A championship...named to Class A state championship team after averaging over 20 points per game...averaged 19.9 points per game as a freshman...scored over 30 points in three straight games and scored over 20 points in 17 games as a freshman...finished with 37 points (15-26 FG) vs. Plumstead Christian...competed at the Reebok All-American CampPlayed AAU basketball for the Hunting Park Warriors...ranked the nation's No. 69 recruit by Bob Gibbons...listed as the nation's No. 127 recruit by 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 "Flipp"...favorite NFL team is the Pittsburgh Steelers...Philadelphia native

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