"It's been good," Johnson said of his college experience so far. "I'm just taking it one day at a time and trying to get in the mix of things."
Johnson heard all the stories about Coach Pitino's workouts prior to his arrival but says nothing could have prepared him for the intensity of the drills.
"No, I knew they were going to be intense but I didn't think they would be that hard," Johnson said of Pitino's individual workouts.
Now having been through workouts for over a month, Johnson says he's doing better and indicated he's grown up a lot in just a short period of time.
"It's going a lot better," Johnson said. "I've grown a lot in the past month and a half."
Like most freshman, coming from high school to college is quite an adjustment both on the court and in the classroom. An excellent student, Johnson says he's doing well in school and explains that time management is the most important thing to success.
"School is going good," Johnson said. "Time management [is the biggest adjustment]. You've got to manage your time throughout the day. You've always got to schedule everything because you never know what you're going to be doing because the schedule is always changing."
As a non-scholarship player, Johnson simply wants to do what is asked of him by the coaches and hopes to do well enough in school to soon earn an academic scholarship to help pay his expenses.
"I can only do what they tell me to do," Johnson said. "Hopefully I can do well enough in school to get an academic scholaship."
In June, Johnson spent considerable time visiting the U of L campus and playing in unsupervised pick-up games with current members of the team. According to Johnson, he felt so welcome by the players that the decision to join the Louisville program without a scholarship wasn't that difficult.
"They treated me like they knew me forever," Johnson said. "I got to know all the guys and it was just a great experience."
Johnson says there is no shortage of leadership on this team, and he mentioned four guys who have stepped up to provide it this season.
"Ellis, Luke, Francisco and Taquan are very vocal," Johnson said when asked who were the team's leaders.