Chris Johnson Biography
Source: University of Dayton athletic website
June 18, 2012
He was an unheralded recruit, but quickly earned a reputation as a high-flying, explosive scorer and a rebounder with a non-stop motor. He also earned himself a spot on the 2009 Atlantic 10 All-Rookie Team and 2011 Honorable Mention Team.
The athletic 6-foot-6 forward with an 82.5-inch wingspan proved he was far more than a one-hit wonder as a sophomore, being named the winner of the A-10 Chris Daniels Award (most improved player) and Most Valuable Player of the NIT. One of the best rebounders of his size in the country, he was one of just three players to have a 20-point-20 rebound game in 2009-10.
Johnson's development shows no signs of letting up. The senior captain worked hard on his ball-handling in the off-season in order to draw fouls and take advantage of his 82% career FT%.
Chris Johnson earned himself a spot on the Atlantic 10 Honorable Mention Team after a great junior season. The smooth, left-handed forward, started all 36 games during the season with averages of 11.9 points and 6.0 rebounds per game. For the season he compiled a total of 428 points and 215 rebounds while playing a team-leading 1,070 minutes (29.7 mpg).
Johnson also led the Flyers in steals with 31 (.86 spg), free throw percentage (.830) and three-pointers made with 77. He finished second on the team in scoring, rebounds and offensive rebounds with 76. He also tied for second on the team in blocks with 14 and ranked third in three-point percentage (.379). He scored in double-figures in 24 of the Flyers' 36 games and led the Flyers in scoring 13 times. He also recorded four double-doubles for the season.
In the third game of the season at Ole Miss, Johnson broke out with a double-double of 20 points and 11 rebounds while playing a career-high 43 minutes. Against East Tennessee State, he knocked three treys and netted 15 points. Against Central Connecticut State, Johnson recorded his second double-double of the season with an 18 point and 10 rebound effort. That game started a streak of 12 consecutive games where Johnson would score in double-figures.
At Old Dominion, he scored a season-high 24 points on 9-of-13 shooting and hauled in nine rebounds. Against Winthrop, Johnson scored 16 points and snagged eight rebounds, including seven offensive rebounds. In the following game at Seton Hall, he recorded his third double-double of the season with 10 points and 10 rebounds.
On New Year's Day against New Mexico, Johnson shot 4-of-7 from downtown on his way to a 15 point and seven rebound performance. He opened the Flyers' Atlantic 10 conference slate with 13 points and six rebounds at Saint Louis. At Xavier, Johnson netted 16 points on 6-of-10 shooting, including 4-of-7 from beyond the arc.
In the following game against Fordham, Johnson scored 12 points, grabbed five boards and dished out a career-high five assists. Johnson produced back to back 14 point games at Charlotte and home to Duquesne then followed that with a 22 point and nine rebound effort against Xavier.
He ended the season on a strong note by netting double-digits points in the final four games. He produced his fourth and final double-double of the season, in the A-10 tournament against Xavier with 12 points and 10 rebounds. In the A-10 semifinal match-up, Johnson reeled off 19 points on 6-of-13 shooting, including 4-of-7 from beyond the arc. Against Richmond in the A-10 Championship game, Johnson netted 11 points and hauled in six rebounds. In the finale at College of Charleston, he scored 14 points and snagged eight rebounds.