Brent "BJ" Johnson - Director of Player Development
Brent “BJ” Johnson begins his 20th year as a scout with the Houston Rockets and his 18th as a full-time member of the team’s basketball staff. Johnson focuses his efforts on scouting talent at the high school, college and minor league levels. In addition to his duties with the Rockets, Johnson serves as the Director of Player Development for the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, which is Houston’s single-affiliation NBA D-League partner.
Johnson is a 1979 graduate of East Tennessee State, where he played guard for the Buccaneers and was a graduate assistant during the 1978-79 season. His coach at East Tennessee State was Sonny Smith, who was Charles Barkley’s coach at Auburn.
Upon graduation, Johnson played on Meadowlark Lemon’s exhibition teams that toured throughout the world. He also played professionally in Mexico and Ecuador. After his playing days, Johnson worked for Schoenfeld Sports, a sports agent firm, until he got his start in scouting.
Johnson, who has a son, Bijan, is the fifth of eight children, four boys and four girls, all of who played basketball. He also participates in the NBA’s Basketball without Borders program.