Nov. 16, 2010
6-6, 190, Forward, Baltimore, Md./Brewster Academy (N.H.)/Lake Clifton H.S.
Durand Johnson is a combination forward who has been described as a terrific shooter with NBA range who can score at a high level and makes big shots. Johnson is as smooth a shooter as they come. He has a great shot fake, range and a quick trigger with the ability to pull off a catch or step back. He has also added a dribble drive to his game, can get to the basket with ease and rebounds well for his position. He has great size and is an above the rim finisher. Johnson is a quality kid who is fun to watch and plays with toughness. He is also is one of the best defenders in his class because of his length, athleticism and competitiveness. Johnson's size, versatility and competitive nature as his strengths. Johnson makes things happen, is a threat to score every time he touches the ball, but also plays within a framework of a team.
HIGH SCHOOL: Will play the 2010-11 season at Brewster Academy in Wolfeboro, N.H. for Head Coach Jason Smith…The Lions open their regular season on Nov. 27 vs. Findlay Prep with a No. 30 national ranking by Prep Hoops Assist…Played his senior season at Baltimore 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 points per game as a junior…Played his freshman year at St. Frances H.S.…Plays for the AAU Team Cecil Kirk which is 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.…Ranked the nation’s No. 115 player overall and No. 29 forward by Rivals.com…Ranked the nation’s No. 39 forward by ESPN-U…Ranked the nation’s No. 147 player by NBE Basketball.
PERSONAL: Born Durand Johnson on June 17, 1992…Son of Derrell and Tonia Johnson…Brother Derrell is a freshman starting defensive end at East Carolina University...Has devoted all of his successes to his grandmother, Odella Butler…Nickname is “Pee-Wee”…Committed to Pitt on August 16, 2010…Chose Pitt because the Panthers were a “perfect fit”, 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 commit to Pitt in the last three years including Jermaine Dixon, Chase Adams and Aron Nwankwo…Took 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.