Entrance Exam: Cameron Johnson

Through one week of action in the Pittsburgh Basketball Club Pro-Am League, Cameron Johnson has been impressive.

It's a long time before Pittsburgh will tip off its 2014-15 basketball season, and it's too early to determine which of Pitt's incoming freshmen will see the floor.

However, after two games in the Pittsburgh Basketball Club Pro-Am League, Cameron Johnson is off to the right start.

Johnson signed his letter of intent early last month. In two games in the Pro-Am League, Johnson has been one of the biggest stars so far.

In two games, Johnson has shot 16-29 (55.2%) from the field, including 9-17 (52.9%) from three-point range for an average of 21.5 points a game.

Again, we're not talking the start of ACC play. It is worth noting, however, that this freshman is off to the ideal start.

"It's really cool, it's interesting," Johnson said. "The summer league is something I've been around for, for awhile now. My dad went to Pitt. It's really exciting. I'm really excited to keep doing summer workouts, and get into the fall. It's going to be fun."

As a fan in summers past, just coming to watch the games, Johnson says there's no shock value of going from spectator to competitor in the Pro-Am League.

"It's a natural progression," Johnson said. "I'm not nervous, coming out here and playing. It's not overwhelming, or anything. It's just another game. It's doesnt phase me, or anything like that."

Aside from the shooting touch he's displayed in the first week, Johnson has shown a nice chemistry with Sheldon Jeter, another member of Pitt's 2014 signing class. Much like the transition from spectator to competitor, he says his chemistry with Jeter, and with Ryan Luther--who he played against on Wednesday night--is also a natural progression.

"We spend a lot of time together," Johnson said. "Me and Sheldon have very similar schedules--same class, same workout times. We're together a lot. We've been playing together for six weeks, now. It's just natural."

Just because he's off to a good start, doesn't mean he's going to take it easy for the rest of the summer. The shooting touch looks to be there, but Johnson says there's a couple other areas of his game he's looking to improve on.

"Physicality, and staying low," Johnson said. "It's definitely an adjustment from OLSH. Single-A basketball to ACC basketball--that's an adjustment."

Also, though humble about it, Johnson hopes to represent his high school program well. He's obviously proud of what he accomplished in high school, and wants to build on that.

"I think the program is going to keep growing," Johnson said. "I'm excited for OLSH because they have some good players coming up. It's exciting to see. They came to the Pitt camp and did well."

As for his new school--Pitt--what's the best part of it so far?

"My favorite thing about it, is I feel myself getting better," Johnson said. "I can see the progression in the gym, every day. It's stress-free. You can feel yourself getting better in the gym."


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