John Johnson is a combination guard who played in all 39 games last year. A streaky long-range shooter, Johnson has great burst off the dribble, quickness and playmaking ability that makes him a good fit for Pitt. At the end of the game, he wants the ball. Offensively, Johnson can get to the basket and finish and has an effective jumper with range. He's also a good defender, knows how to win and his heart has proved to be his biggest asset. When he steps on the floor, he's going to bring it at 150 percent. He has that constant aggression from the way he looks to the way he plays. A quick guard who can beat his defender, he handles the ball, shoots well, and is an excellent finisher and facilitator who can drive to the basket while also involving his teammates. Johnson is also a fearless competitor who plays with great passion and Pitt toughness.
Played in all 39 games with two starts. The 39 contests played tied a school record for most games played in a season...Averaged 4.2 points and hit 38.4 percent (33-86) of his 3-point field goal attempts on year...His 33 3-point field goals (fifth) and 38.4 percent 3-point percentage (seventh) rank among all-time best Pitt freshman season records...Reached double figure scoring in two games on year...Named a Big East Academic All-Star...Earned team's free throw shooting award at team banquet (83.3 percent)...Scored eight points (3-4 FG), hit 2-2 3-pointers in 13 minutes vs. St. John's in Big East Championship First Round, 3/6...Finished with eight points (2-3 3FG) vs. USF, 2/19...Hit a career-high tying 3-4 3-pointers and scored nine points at Syracuse, 1/16...Made first career start, played in a career-high 28 minutes, scored 10 points, grabbed a career-high four rebounds and dished out four assists at DePaul, 1/5...Scored a career-high 13 points (2-3 3FG), hit 5-5 free throws in a then career-high 24 minutes vs. VMI, 12/6...Set or matched career-highs for field goals made and attempts (3-6), assists (three) and minutes played (18), dribbled down court, hit layup and converted a 3-point play with two seconds left at Tennessee, 12/3...Set career-highs for points (nine), 3 pointers made and attempted (3-3) and minutes played (14) vs. Duquesne, 11/30...Hit two 3-pointers (2-2), scored six points in 12 minutes vs. Robert Morris, 11/27...Scored eight points (3-5 FG) and hit 2-2 3-pointers in his career debut vs. Albany, 11/11.
A 2011 graduate of Life Center Academy in Burlington, N.J., where he played his senior season for head coach Wilson Arroyo...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...In his four-year high school varsity career, scored a combined 2,314 points (19.6 ppg.) and compiled a 95-23 record...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...Also shot 52.0 percent (204-396) from the floor, 38.8 percent (38-98) from 3-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...Scored a season-high 33 points, added eight rebounds and six assists against Harrisburg...Finished with 25 points and hit seven 3-pointers 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. for coaches Nasser Eggleston and Tyrone Morris...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...Also hit 35 percent (52-150) of his 3-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 3-pointers...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 3-pointers 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...Scored 37 points (14-21 FG) including 28 in the first half, hit 5-10 3-pointers 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...Registered 25 points and 10 assists vs. Westinghouse...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, converted 211-396 field goals, 29-110 3-point attempts and finished with 71 steals 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...Registered 30 points (10-17 FG) vs. Calvary Christian Academy...Scored 30 points (13-17 FG) vs. MAST Charter...Competed at the Reebok All-American CampPlayed AAU basketball for the Hunting Park Warriors...Rated the No. 1 freshman in Philadelphia in 2007 and the No. 1 guard prospect in the city by PhillyHoops.com...Ranked the nation's No. 69 recruit by Bob Gibbons...Listed as the nation's No. 127 recruit by Scout.com...Rated the nation's No. 110 recruit by NBE Basketball.
Born John Johnson on December 9, 1991...Son of Arlene Johnson...Grandmother is Elizabeth Betty Johnson... Nickname is "Flipp"...Favorite NFL team is the Pittsburgh Steelers...Philadelphia native who follows in the footsteps of Pitt's recent Philly area players Mike Cook, Brad Wanamaker and Nasir Robinson...Became the first Class of 2011 player to commit to Pitt, making the announcement prior to his junior season on September 16, 2009...Visited Pitt in August, 2009...Selected Pitt because he said they "treated him like he was already part of the team" and that he liked Pitt's "family bond"...Also said he liked Pitt's style of play and that it's not too far away from home so his family can see him play...Mentioned the Petersen Events Center "looks more like an NBA arena" and was impressed with Pitt's Cathedral of Learning...Considers Pitt his "home away from home"...Also considered offers from Saint Joseph's, Notre Dame, St. John's, Virginia Tech, Georgia Tech and Penn State...Also was hearing from Marquette, Providence, Louisville, Kansas, Clemson and UCLA...Enrolled in the Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts & Sciences.
Points: 13, VMI, 12/6/11. FG made: 3, nine times- USF, 2/19/12; Providence, 1/25/12; at Syracuse, 1/16/12; at DePaul, 1/5/12; South Carolina State, 12/17/11; VMI, 12/6/11; at Tennessee, 12/3/11; vs. Duquesne, 11/30/11; Albany, 11/11/11. FG attempts: 9, at DePaul, 1/5/12. 3FG Made: 3, two times- at Syracuse, 1/16/12; vs. Duquesne, 11/30/11. 3FG attempts: 4, five times- Georgetown, 1/28/12; Louisville, 1/21/12; at Syracuse, 1/16/12; at DePaul, 1/5/12; at Notre Dame, 12/27/11. FT made: 5, VMI, 12/6/11. FT attempts: 5, VMI, 12/6/11. Rebounds: 4, at DePaul, 1/5/12. Off. Rebs.: 1, four times. Def. Rebs.: 3, at DePaul, 1/5/12. Assists: 5, two times- Cincinnati, 1/1/12; VMI, 12/6/11. Steals: 2, at Notre Dame, 12/27/11. Blocks: None. Minutes: 28, at DePaul, 1/5/12.