"I grew up watching Brad at Roman (Catholic High School)," said Johnson, a 6-foot-1, 172-pound combo guard and Panther commit (2011) from Life Center Academy in Burlington, New Jersey.
"I'm going to be like Brad (for Pitt). He can do everything: rebounding, get to the basket, play hard defense."
Johnson, out of West Philadelphia, played with the Hunting Park Warriors, Wanamaker's old AAU outfit. The two guards share an even-keeled quality on the floor.
"His speed, his aggressiveness (are strengths)," said Life Center coach Wilson Arroyo. "His intensity, especially on offense. He can put up points in a hurry."
Johnson dropped 25 points, including seven 3-pointers, in a 70-62 win over New York City's Satellite Academy at the Planet Athlete NYC Prep Invitational Showcase in Brooklyn, N.Y., on February 21st.
"John has another gear that our other players don't have," said Life Center assistant coach Ron Kessler. "He's very hard to guard."
Johnson's shooting and scoring touch provide a complement to Ohio State commit LaQuinton Ross, a 6-8 wing. Johnson limits his mistakes and keeps things simple.
"(My philosophy is) Take no plays off; just play hard every possession," said Johnson. "Make my teammates better."