Nov. 16, 2010
6-1, 175, Guard, Philadelphia, Pa./Life Center Academy (N.J.)/Girard College H.S.
John Johnson is a combination guard who is a streaky long-range shooter, has great burst off the dribble and quickness and playmaking ability that makes him a good fit for Pitt. At the end of the game, he wants the ball. He can get to the basket and dish or finish and has a good 3-point shot. He’s also a good defender, knows how to win and his heart is his biggest asset. When he steps on the floor, he’s going to bring it, 150 percent. He has that constant aggression. Has been compared to Villanova’s Scottie Reynolds from the way he looks to the way he plays. A quick guard who can beat his defender, he handles the ball, shoots well, is an excellent finisher and facilitator who can drive to the basket and involve his teammates. An aggressive competitor, he is fearless and plays with heart and Pitt toughness.
HIGH SCHOOL: Will attend and play his senior season at Life Center Academy in Burlington, N.J. for Head Coach Wilson Arroyo…His first game of the 2010-11 season is on Nov. 29 vs. Barrack Hebrew Academy…Should he earn All-State honors as a senior, he would become just the second player from the Philadelphia area to earn four All-State honors in a high school career…Attended and played his first three high school seasons at Girard College High School in Philadelphia, Pa. for Head Coach Nasser Eggleston and Tyrone Morris…Three-time Associated Press Class A First Team selection…Selected as the area’s small school player of the year by the Philadelphia Inquirer…Averaged 22.2 points (578 points), 4.4 assists, 3.5 rebounds and 3.0 steals per game and 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 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 a 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 their 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 Camp…Plays AAU basketball for Team Final and 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.
PERSONAL: Born John Johnson on December 9, 1991…Son of Arlene Johnson…Grandmother is Elizabeth Betty Johnson… Nickname is “Flipz”…Favorite NFL team is the Pittsburgh Steelers…Philadelphia native who follows in the footsteps of Pitt’s recent Philly players Mike Cook, Brad Wanamaker and Nasir Robinson…Became the first Class of 2011 player to commit to Pitt…Committed to Pitt on September 16, 2009, prior to his junior season…Visited Pitt in August, 2009…Selected Pitt because he said they “treated him like he was already part of the Pitt basketball team” and that Pitt “has a family bond”…Also said he liked Pitt’s style of play and that’s not too far away from home so his family can see him play…Said the Petersen Events Center “looks more like an NBA arena” and was impressed with Pitt’s Cathedral of Learning…Solid student…Draws comparisons to former Villanova guard Scottie Reynolds…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.