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James Johnson
James  Johnson

Class:
Sophomore

Hometown:
Cheyenne, Wyo.

High School:
Cheyenne East HS

Height / Weight:
6-9 / 245

Position:
Forward

Birthdate:
02/20/1987

Experience:
2VL

12/23/2007

Wake Forest vs. Virginia Tech

Wake Forest vs. Virginia Tech in Winston-Salem, N.C., Sunday, Dec. 23, 2007.

11/29/2007

Wake Forest vs. Charlotte

Wake Forest vs. Charlotte in Charlotte, N.C., Thursday, Nov. 29, 2007.

Johnson's 2008-09 Video Highlights
Johnson's Career Stats
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Played two seasons at Wake Forest before leaving early for the 2009 NBA Draft ... Became the third player in program history to leave early for the NBA, joining Rodney Rogers in 1993 and Chris Paul in 2005 ... Two-time third team All-ACC honoree ... Freshman All-American and runner-up for ACC Rookie of the Year in 2007-08 ... Led the team in rebounding each of his two seasons ... Finished his career with 508 career rebounds ... Was one of the most athletic and versatile players in the ACC with the ability to play four of the five positions on the floor, from the two-guard spot to center ... Spent the majority of his time playing at the small forward and power forward positions ... Superior athletic ability stemmed partly from a martial arts background in kickboxing ... Handled the ball very well for a big man and was a solid outside shooter ... Possessed excellent jumping ability and was a powerful dunker.

2008-09 (Sophomore)
Played in and started all 31 games ... Named third team All-ACC for the second straight season ... Received the highest number of votes of the third team honorees ... Selected as a mid-season candidate for the Naismith Trophy and a preseason candidate for the Wooden Award ... Led the team in rebounding for the second straight season, averaging 8.5 rebounds per game ... Combined with Al-Farouq Aminu to become the fourth-best rebounding duo in program history, averaging a combined 16.7 rebounds per game ... Ranked second on the team in scoring with 15.0 points per game ... Played an average of 30.5 minutes per game ... Led the Deacons in blocks (48), ranked second in steals (44) and was third in assists (62) ... Shot a team-best 54.2 percent from the field ... Averaged 15.5 points and 8.6 rebounds and shot 55.8 percent in ACC play ... Posted 10 double-doubles on the year to finish with 18 for his career ... Ranked third in the ACC in rebounding, second in defensive rebounds, third in field goal percentage, sixth in blocked shots and 17th in scoring ... Scored in double figures 21 times and led the team in scoring in seven games ... Led the Deacons in rebounding 18 times ... Ranked third on the team with 27 dunks ... Pulled down his 500th career rebound in Wake Forest's ACC Tournament game against Maryland, becoming the 32nd member of Wake Forest's 500 Rebound Club ... Ended the year on a tear, averaging 19.8 points and 10.6 rebounds over his last eight games ... Posted four double-doubles, had six 20+ point performances and shot 61.8 percent during the year-ending stretch ... Opened the season with a double-double of 18 points and 10 rebounds, to go along with five assists, vs. N.C. Central (Nov. 14) ... Scored 25 points on 11-of-16 shooting and had nine rebounds vs. UNC Wilmington (Nov. 19) ... Had seven points and nine rebounds vs. Winston-Salem State (Nov. 24) ... In return to state where he grew up in Oceanside, California, finished with eight points, eight rebounds and three blocks vs. Cal State Fullerton (Nov. 27) ... Scored 18 points vs. UTEP (Nov. 28) ... Posted double-double of 14 points and 14 rebounds vs. Baylor (Nov. 30) in the championship game of the 76 Classic ... Scored 21 points and went 8-for-10 vs. Indiana (Dec. 3) ... Finished with nine points, six boards and five steals vs. Wright State (Dec. 14) ... Pulled down eight boards at Richmond (Dec. 19) ... Scored nine points and had four assists at East Carolina (Dec. 22) ... Posted a double-double of 12 points and 12 rebounds and had 5 assists vs. Radford (Dec. 30) ... Turned in second straight double-double with 22 points and 15 boards at BYU (Jan. 3) ... Had nine points in ACC opener vs. North Carolina (Jan. 11) ... Finished with 11 points and eight boards at Boston College (Jan. 14) ... Had 19 points and eight rebounds at Clemson (Jan. 17) ... Scored 18 points vs. Virginia Tech (Jan. 21) ... Hit the game-winning layup with 0.8 seconds left to beat Duke (Jan. 28) ... Posted a double-double of 13 points and 11 rebounds, to go along with four blocks, vs. the Blue Devils ... Had 13 points and a career-high six assists at Georgia Tech (Jan. 31) ... Turned in 11 points at Miami (Feb. 4) ... Posted a double-double of 12 points and 10 rebounds vs. Boston College (Feb. 8) ... Led the team with 18 points and nine rebounds at NC State (Feb. 11) ... Posted seventh double-double with 24 points on 10-of-12 shooting and 11 boards vs. Georgia Tech (Feb. 18) ... Turned in second straight double-double with 26 points and 11 rebounds at Duke (Feb. 22) ... Posted double-double with career-highs of 28 points and 18 rebounds vs. NC State (Feb. 26) ... Had nine points and eight rebounds at Maryland (Mar. 3) ... Turned in 21 points on 10-of-14 shooting and nine rebounds vs. Clemson (Mar. 8) ... Posted double-double of 20 points and 12 rebounds despite picking up three fouls in the first half vs. Maryland in the ACC Tournament (Mar. 13) ... Led the team with 22 points, eight rebounds and four blocks vs. Cleveland State in the NCAA Tournament (Mar. 20).

2007-08 (Freshman)
Saw action in all 31 games with 28 starts ... Named third team All-ACC, becoming just the third Deacon freshman (Rodney Rogers, Chris Paul) to accomplish the feat ... Unanimous selection for the ACC All-Freshman Team ... Finished runner-up in voting for ACC Rookie of the Year ... Named a Freshman All-American by multiple publications ... Named ACC Rookie of the Week on Jan. 21 ... Led the team in scoring and rebounding with 14.6 points and 8.1 rebounds per game ... Became the first Deacon freshman in the ACC era to average at least 14 points and eight boards per game ... Rebounding average was the 13th-highest average ever by an ACC freshman ... Combined with Jeff Teague to become just the fourth set of freshmen to rank 1-2 on their team in scoring and the second duo to accomplish the feat with a winning record ... Ranked second on the team in blocks (40) and steals (41) and was third in assists (37) ... Shot 48.7 percent (164-of-337) from the floor ... Went 17-for-21 on free throws in the last five minutes of games ... Averaged 15.4 points and 7.4 rebounds per game in conference play ... Ranked among the ACC leaders in rebounding (3rd), field goal percentage (5th), blocks (8th) and scoring (12th) ... Scored in double figures 24 times, including seven performances of 20+ points ... Had double-digit rebound totals nine times ... Led Wake in scoring 11 times and in rebounding 18 times ... Posted eight double-doubles on the year to rank fourth in the ACC ... Threw down a team-high 39 dunks on the year ... Made his collegiate debut with 17 points and 10 rebounds Nov. 9 against Fairfield ... Followed with 12 points and 11 points, respectively, against N.C. Central (Nov. 19) and Winston-Salem State (Nov. 23) ... Began a streak of four straight double-doubles with 14 points and 14 boards Nov. 29 at Charlotte ... Had 15 points, 11 rebounds and a season-high four steals Dec. 1 vs. USC Upstate ... Poured in 18 points to go along with 13 rebounds Dec. 5 at Vanderbilt ... Made 8-of-10 free throws against the Commodores ... Tallied 12 points and 11 boards at Georgia on Dec. 8 ... Grabbed 12 boards Dec. 16 vs. Bucknell ... Posted his fifth double-double in six games Dec. 19 against USF, finishing with 10 points and 13 rebounds ... Made his ACC debut with 13 points Dec. 23 against Virginia Tech ... Went a perfect 9-for-9 from the free throw line, en route to 22 points against Air Force on Dec. 30 ... Had 18 points against Presbyterian (Jan. 1) and 19 against BYU (Jan. 8) ... Scored 22 points with three steals in a Jan. 12 loss at Boston College ... Had a season-high four blocks to go along with 14 points and nine rebounds at Maryland on Jan. 15 ... Had arguably his best performance of the season Jan. 20 vs. Florida State ... Scored a season-best 26 points on 10-of-15 shooting ... Also made 4-of-5 three-pointers and pulled down nine boards against the Seminoles ... Scored 14 points in a season-high 38 minutes in an overtime loss at Clemson on Jan. 22 ... Poured in 21 points with eight rebounds and three blocks Feb. 9 against Virginia ... Scored 24 points and had a season-high 16 rebounds in Wake Forest's Feb. 17 upset of No. 2-ranked Duke ... Followed with 22 points at No. 3 North Carolina on Feb. 24 ... Turned in final double-double of season with 25 points and 14 boards Feb. 28 vs. Maryland ... Had a season-high four assists Mar. 1 at Georgia Tech ... Scored 19 points on 5-of-6 shooting Mar. 8 vs. NC State ... Had 10 points and nine rebounds in ACC Tournament loss to FSU on Mar. 13.

High School
Ranked as the ninth-best small forward prospect and the No. 43 recruit overall in the class of 2007 according to Scout.com ... Rated as the No. 16 small forward and No. 62 prospect overall in the country by Rivals.com ... Listed as a four-star prospect by both Scout and Rivals ... Rated as the No. 38-best prospect in the nation by Van Coleman of Hoopmasters.com ... Listed among the top 100 players in the 2007 class by HoopsReport.com, PrepStars.com and PrepHoopsOnline.com ... Part of a Wake Forest recruiting class that was ranked No. 30 in the country by Rivals ... Gradauted from Cheyenne East (Wyo.) High School in 2007 ... Played for coach Damon Artery at Cheyenee East ... Averaged 28 points and nine rebounds per game to lead the Wyoming High School Athletic Association playoffs in scoring and rebounding ... Also led the state in blocked shots and was an 85 percent free throw shooter as a senior ... As a junior, led the Thunderbirds to the 2006 Class 4A state championship with a 62-49 win over Cheyenne Central ... Had 25 points and 11 rebounds in the title game ... Averaged 21.3 points, 5.2 blocks, 4.3 rebounds and 1.8 steals per game during his junior year ... Named first team all-state as both a junior and senior ... Named co-MVP of the 2006 Nike All-American senior all-star game in Indianapolis, notching a double-double of 16 points and 10 rebounds in the contest ... His stock rose after his performance at the Nike camp ... Played in the Montana-Wyoming Basketball Series for the top players in each state ... Played AAU basketball for the Colorado Flight.

Personal
Given name is James Patrick Johnson ... Son of Vi and Willie Johnson ... Father is a seven-time world kickboxing champion ... James has used martial arts to train and went 21-0 in competition ... Is the middle child in a family of nine children ... Has six brothers and two sisters ... Born Feb. 20, 1987 ... Has a 41-inch vertical leap ... Committed verbally to Wake Forest in August 2006 ... Selected Wake Forest over offers from Cincinnati, Kansas, Maryland and Wyoming ... Committed verbally to the Deacons in late August of 2006, the same week as Jeff Teague.

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