Johnson is a former three-star prospect from Philadelphia, playing for Kobe Bryant’s alma mater at Lower Merion. He committed to Syracuse, though he had an offer from La Salle, but could never find a consistent role. After playing sparingly during two seasons, though seeing increased minutes towards the end of the 2014-15 campaign, Johnson decided to look elsewhere.
The ability to play in front of friends and family was no doubt a big factor in his decision. Johnson averaged just 4.2 points and 3.2 rebounds during his sophomore season. He will have two years to play two after sitting out a year due to NCAA transfer rules.