A combination forward, Durand Johnson (pronounced "Dur-Ron") emerged as a top scoring threat, sixth man, shooter off the bench and fan favorite last year before suffering a season-ending ACL injury on January 11. Prior to the injury, Johnson was emerging as a star as he put together two of his best all-around games at Pitt with back-to-back double digit performances at Maryland (career-high 17 points) and vs. Wake Forest (11 points). Johnson is a terrific shooter with NBA range who can make big shots and score at a high level. He has a great shot fake, range on his jumper and quick trigger with the ability to pull off the catch or step back. Johnson has also added a dribble drive to his game, can get to the basket and rebounds well for his position. At 6-6, he has great size for his position, plays with strength and is an above-the-rim finisher. A quality player who is fun to watch and plays with toughness, Johnson is a talented defender because of his length, athleticism and competitiveness. His size, versatility and competitive nature are his strengths. On offense, the energetic and enthusiastic Johnson makes things happen and not only is a threat to score every time he touches the ball, but also plays within the framework of his team.
Season ended on Jan. 11 when he tore his ACL and meniscus in his right knee on a drive to the basket against Wake Forest...Played in 16 games off the bench...Reached double figure scoring in eight games on year...Hit at least one 3-pointer in 11 of 16 games and in eight consecutive contests from 11/17-12/14...Finished with 11 points, set career-highs for free throws made and attempts (8-9) vs. Wake Forest, 1/11...Scored a career-high 17 points (6-8 FG), hit 3-4 3-pointers in 23 minutes at Maryland, 1/6...Scored 12 points (5-10 FG), hit two 3-pointers vs. Cal Poly, 12/21...Finished with 12 points (4-7 FG) vs. Loyola Marymount, 12/6...Scored 11 points (4-6 FG) with four rebounds vs. Duquesne, 11/30...Scored 14 points (4-10 FG), hit 2-5 3-pointers, including a four-point play in 20 minutes vs. Stanford, 11/26...Registered career-highs for scoring (15 points), 3-point field goals made (5-8) and field goal attempts (13) and converted five 3-pointers in the first half alone vs. Lehigh, 11/20...Scored 12 points, hit a then career-high tying three 3-pointers with six rebounds in season opener vs. Savannah State, 11/8.
Redshirt freshman who saw his first collegiate action...Played in 31 games off the bench at small forward...
Registered two double figure scoring games on the year...Earned Most Improved Player Award at team banquet...Hit three clutch 3-pointers in the second half and scored nine points in 16 minutes vs. Villanova, 3/3...Surpassed career-highs for scoring (13 points), field goals made (4) and 3-pointers (3-6) at Villanova, 1/16...Set then career-highs for scoring (10 points), field goals made and attempts (3-10), free throws made and atempts (3-5) vs. Marquette, 1/12...Hit two 3-pointers (2-3), grabbed four rebounds and finished with six points at Georgetown, 1/8...Scored eight points, hit 2-4 3-pointers in 15 minutes at Rutgers, 1/5...Hit two 3-pointers off the bench vs. Detroit, 12/1...Hit a key 3-pointer off the bench, finished with five points vs. Oakland, 11/17...Scored a then career-high nine points (3-5 FG), hit a 3-pointer and grabbed a career-high seven rebounds in a career-high 17 minutes vs. Lehigh, 11/13...In collegiate debut, scored eight points (3-5 FG) off the bench in eight minutes vs. Fordham, 11/12.
Redshirted the 2011-12 season.
Played the 2010-11 season at Brewster Academy in Wolfeboro, N.H., for head coach Jason Smith...Helped guide Brewster to a 31-3 overall record, the No. 1 national ranking for the majority of the season and berth in the National Prep Championship Semifinal Game where it lost a 76-71 decision to Notre Dame Prep (Mass.)...Brewster won its first 24 games before losing its first contest...Guided the Bobcats to the NEPSAC Class 3A semifinals before dropping a 90-74 decision to St. Thomas More (Conn.)...Led Brewster to the New Hampton Invitational Tournament title with a 22-point performance in an 80-72 win over New Hampton...Finished with 17 points vs. Notre Dame Prep in the Brewster Invite...Led team with 18 points in National Prep Showcase vs. Princeton Day Academy...Competed in the 2011 Elite Showcase Basketball Classic in Washington, D.C....Played his senior season at Baltimore's Lake Clifton High School for head coach Herman Harried...Averaged 15 points per game while leading the Class 3A Lakers to a 15-6 overall record and No. 10 state ranking...Graduated from Lake Clifton H.S....Transferred to Lake Clifton prior to his senior season...Played his sophomore and junior seasons at Parkville High School where he averaged 19.0 points per game as a junior...Played his freshman year at St. Frances H.S....Competed for the AAU Team Cecil Kirk where he was coached by Anthony Lewis...Impressed at the AAU Nationals in Orlando, Fla., the HoopGroup Elite Camp in Reading, Pa. and West Virginia Jam Fest...Shined at the I-95 Challenge with 19 points...Earned All-Tourney Team honors at the Big Shots Invitational in King of Prussia, Pa....Rated the nation's No. 90 recruit by 247 Sports/Sports Illustrated...Ranked the nation's No. 115 player overall and No. 29 forward by Rivals.com...Ranked the nation's No. 88 player nationally by Scout.com...Ranked the nation's No. 39 forward by ESPN-U...Ranked the nation's No. 147 player by NBE Basketball.
Born Durand Johnson on June 17, 1992...Son of Derrell and Tonia Johnson...Brother Derrell played football (defensive end) at East Carolina University (2010-14)...Nickname is "Pee-Wee"...Cousin of DePaul player Cleveland Melvin...Devotes his hard work and success to his mother Tonia and father Derrell because "they were always there for him since day one"...Committed to Pitt on August 16, 2010...Chose Pitt because the Panthers were a "perfect fit," along with the "team, coaches and the fans" and the fact that the Panthers were "there from day one"...Said that Pitt "was a great place" and that "once you are a Panther, you are family forever"...Becomes the fourth Baltimore area player to play at Pitt over the last three years including Jermaine Dixon, Chase Adams and Aron Nwankwo...Played at Brewster Academy with several other NCAA Division I basketball scholarship players including Naadir Thorpe (Kansas), Markus Kennedy (Villanova) and Jakarr Sampson (St. John's)...Made an unofficial visit to Pitt on Oct. 23, 2009...Entertained more than 20 scholarship offers and chose Pitt over Florida State, Maryland, Louisville, Georgetown, St. John's, Seton Hall, Marquette and Cincinnati...Social sciences major.
Points: 17, Maryland, 1/6/14. FG made: 6, Maryland, 1/6/14. FG attempts: 13, Lehigh, 11/20/13. 3FG Made: 5, Lehigh, 11/20/13. 3FG attempts: 8, Lehigh, 11/20/13. FT made: 8, Wake Forest, 1/11/14. FT attempts: 9, Wake Forest, 1/11/14. Rebounds: 7, Lehigh, 11/13/12. Offensive Rebounds.: 3, three times- Wake Forest, 1/11/14; Youngstown State, 12/14/13; Lehigh, 11/13/12. Defensive Rebounds: 6, Savannah State, 11/8/13. Assists: 4, Youngstown State, 12/14/13. Steals: 2, five times. Blocks: 1, six times- Maryland, 1/6/14; Savannah State, 11/8/13; Penn State, 12/3/13; Loyola Marymount, 12/6/13; vs. Cincinnati, 12/17/13; at Villanova, 1/16/13. Minutes: 26, Texas Tech, 11/25/13.