April 21, 2014
PITTSBURGH—The University of Pittsburgh men’s basketball program signed two student-athletes—Tyrone Haughton (Miami, Fla./Iowa Western C.C.) and Cameron Johnson (Moon Township, Pa./Our Lady of the Sacred Heart H.S.) to a National Letter of Intent, head coach Jamie Dixon announced on Monday.
A 6-foot-9-inch, 220-pound junior college center, Tyrone Haughton is a defensive standout who brings rim protection and shot blocking skills to the Panthers. A two-time All-Region Second Team selection at Iowa Western Community College, Haughton set the school’s career record for blocked shots with 185 over a two-year period. He helped guide the Reivers to a combined 55-11 overall record and NJCAA Elite Eight finish in 2012-13.
A 6-foot-7-inch guard, Cameron Johnson is a highly skilled late bloomer with size and guard skills who grew five inches in height since last summer. Johnson came into his own during his senior season at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart in Coraopolis where he ranked second in the WPIAL in scoring at 27.8 points per game and earned PIAA Class A Second Team All-State honors.
“We’re extremely excited about both Tyrone and Cameron,” Dixon said. “Tyrone is a great shot blocker and defensive presence. He plays hard, is an active rebounder, runs the floor well, is a great kid and is extremely athletic for his size. Cameron is a late bloomer who we did not start recruiting until midway through his senior season. He is a highly skilled player and a good shooter whose best days are ahead of him. He’s grown five inches in a year’s time and he’s still growing and improving. He projects to be a great player after he adds strength.”
Pitt is coming off a 26-10 season in which the Panthers advanced to their 12th NCAA Tournament in the last 13 years. Dixon welcomes back three starters for the 2014-15 campaign, the Panthers’ second as members of the Atlantic Coast Conference.
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Center, 6-9, 220, Miami, Fla./Iowa Western C.C./Dr. Krop H.S. (Fla.)
A shot blocker and tremendous leaper with excellent quickness, Tyrone Haughton is a defensive standout who is a solid rebounder and brings rim protection and shot blocking skills to the Panthers. A junior college transfer, Haughton is long and bouncy and has the unique ability to change the game on either end of the floor. He also brings tremendous energy on both ends of the floor, is a great shot blocker and continues to improve on the offensive end. His best quality is that he will continue to get better and better and bigger and stronger.
Played his freshman and sophomore seasons at Iowa Western Community College in Council Bluffs, Iowa, where he was coached by Jim Morris…Two-time All-Region XI Second Team honoree…In his two seasons, led the Reivers to a combined 55-11 overall record, 32 consecutive weeks ranked in the NJCAA top-25 poll, captured Region XI and District XI titles…Two-year starter…As a sophomore, led Iowa Western to a 23-8 overall record, a season-best No. 3 national ranking a Region XI semifinal finish and rankings in all 17 weeks of the national poll…Concluded his two-year career as the school’s all-time leading shot blocker with 185 total blocks…Averaged 3.9 points, 6.5 rebounds and 3.2 blocks per game…Also shot 55 percent (66-111) from the floor…Ranked as the nation’s No. 31 center prospect by ESPNU…Ranked among the nation’s top-50 junior college players by nextrecruits.com in August 2013 (No. 29).
One of only two freshmen in the Iowa Community College Athletic Conference to earn All-Region XI honors…Earned All-Region XI Second Team honors…Set Iowa Western Community College’s season record for blocked shots (112) and the single game blocks record vs. Cloud County C.C. with 12 on Dec. 11, 2012…As a freshman, helped guide Iowa Western to a 32-3 record, Region XI and District XI titles, a No. 1 seed in the NJCAA national tournament and Elite Eight finish…Played in all 35 games with 23 starts…Averaged 4.5 points per game, ranked second on the team in rebounding (6.5 rpg.) and registered a team-high eight double figure rebound performances…Invited to participate in Jerry Mullen’s Top 100 JUCO Camp in July, 2013.
A 2012 graduate of Dr. Krop High School in Miami, Fla. where he played for coach Shakey Rodriguez...Averaged 14 points, nine rebounds and six blocked shots per game as a senior…Played in the Florida vs. USA All-Star Game in April, 2012…Ranked as a Four-Star recruit by Rivals.com, a three-star recruit by ESPNU and received scholarship offers from Connecticut, Alabama and Virginia Tech before signing with South Carolina…Rated the nation’s No. 23 center by ESPNU…Played AAU basketball with Florida Gold Coast.
Born Tyrone Haughton on January 12, 1993…Son of Ira and Violet Haughton…Nickname is Ty…Committed to Pitt on March 5, 2014 after his visit to the Petersen Events Center…Announced his decision on his twitter account…Cited Pitt’s strong program, coaching staff, campus and game environment as key reasons to commit…Selected Pitt over Memphis, Wichita State, Gonzaga, Texas Tech, Washington State, Tennessee and Fresno State.
Guard, 6-7, 185, Moon Township, Pa./Our Lady of the Sacred Heart H.S.
Tall and slender with long arms, a nice outside shot and the ability to drive to the basket, Cameron Johnson has point guard skills and size that will allow him to play multiple positions. Last summer, Johnson rocketed onto the recruiting scene after he grew five inches in height. He now stands at 6-feet-7-inches tall. The added size and length at the guard position was something that interested high-level college coaches. Johnson is a player who has improved every time he’s stepped on the court. A prototypical gym rat and hard worker who spends considerable time on his game, Johnson’s body is still growing. The son of former Pitt basketball player Gilbert Johnson, Johnson handles the ball well, plays well under pressure, has great range on his 3-point shot, can penetrate well and finish at the basket.
Will graduate in June, 2014 from Our Lady of the Sacred Heart in Coraopolis, Pa. where he played two seasons for head coach Mike Rodriguez…Named to the PIAA Class A All-State Second Team after ranking second among Southwestern Pennsylvania scoring leaders at 27.8 points per game as a senior…Selected to the Class A “Fab Five” and “PA West” team by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette…Also named to the All-Area team by the Beaver County Times…First Team All-Section and MSA All Netters All-Area Second Team…Guided the Chargers to an 18-6 overall record and WPIAL Class A quarterfinal appearance…Ranked among the top-5 Pittsburgh area scoring leaders all year as a senior…Scored 35 points in a win over Western Beaver…A prolific scorer, surpassed the 1,000 point mark for his career when he scored 34 points in a win against Rochester…Named Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Player of the Week on Feb. 5, 2014 after scoring 26 points and converting two late free throws in a 58-56 win over Union…Averaged 16.0 points per game as a junior…Played his first two seasons at Moon Area High School…Competed for the TeamWork AAU program out of Ohio…Team finished in the top four in three different events during the summer of 2013…Helped guide TeamWork, Ohio to a third place finish at AAU Nationals in Orlando, Fla.
Born Cameron Johnson on March 3, 1996…Son of Gilbert and Amy Johnson…Has three brothers, Aaron, Donovan and Braylon…Father Gilbert played basketball at Pitt from 1988-90…Mother Amy Schuler Johnson was a 1,000-point scorer at Kent State from 1982-86 and currently ranks No. 19 on the school’s all-time scoring list (1,018 points)…Brother Aaron is the all-time leading scorer at Moon Area High School and currently plays at Clarion University…Cameron is an outstanding student who is a member of the National Honor Society…Signed with Pitt on April 21, 2014…Earned scholarship offers from several Ivy League schools including Columbia and Penn…Also received interest from Boston College, Stanford, Rice, Richmond and Virginia.