The NCAA granted a "season of competition" waiver for Johnson with the condition that he be withheld from the first two games of the 2009-10 season which will now be his senior season of eligibility. Johnson applied for the waiver because he competed in just one exhibition game during the 2007-08 season at Connecticut before transferring to USC.
Johnson played in 16 games for USC during the 2008-09 season and averaged 3.1 points and 1.8 rebounds. He started one game and averaged 12.3 minutes of playing time per game. Johnson had to sit out USC's first 11 games of that season after transferring from Connecticut. USC posted a 13-4 record in the 17 games Johnson was eligible and able to play (missed 7 games with an injury and USC was 1-6 in that stretch).
Johnson had a season-best nine points on Jan. 29 vs Stanford and a season-high five rebounds in back-to-back games vs. Oregon and Oregon State on Jan. 2 and Jan. 4 respectively. He also played a key role in USC's come-from-behind 46-44 win at Washington State on Jan. 24 with seven points off the bench.
He is a 6-6 forward from Westchester High who began his college career at Connecticut where he averaged 4.9 points in 51 games, 24 of them starts.
- USC Release
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