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Linton Johnson
Linton Johnson

Chicago, Ill.

High School:
Providence St. Mel

Height / Weight:
6-8 / 205





Linton Johnson Senior Bio

Closed his career ranked fourth all-time in blocked shots (99) and 16th all-time in rebounds (523). Also the seventh-ranked player all-time in offensive rebounds with 211 (stat only kept since 1985).

As a Senior (2001-02): Averaged 16.5 points and 10.8 rebounds over the final four games of the season, including 36 points and 28 rebounds in the two C-USA playoff games. Registered 14 points with 14 boards, including nine offensive, in the playoff victory over Saint Louis (3/6) and followed with 22 and 14, his 14th career double-double, against Charlotte (3/7). Scored 19 points with seven rebounds on Senior Day against Saint Louis (3/2). Notched his second double-double of the year with 12 points and 10 boards against UAB (2/16). Logged an 18-point, 10-rebound night at UAB (1/26) for his 10th career double-double in his first start of the season. Followed that with a 14-point (including his 600th career point), eight-rebound effort against Marquette (1/29). Notched his 400th career rebound against DePaul (1/5) and his 100th career assist against Houston (1/8). Snagged a 10 boards and added eight points in the DePaul win (1/5). Missed the first eight games of the season due to suspension.

As a Junior (2000-2001): In Conference games only, ranked in the top 18 in nine categories. Led the Wave with 17 points, seven rebounds, four assists and three blocks in the C-USA Tourney against Marquette (3/7). Collected a team-high 18 points in 40 minutes of action against Houston (3/5). Notched his ninth double-double of the year with 17 points and a game-high 13 rebounds against Saint Louis (2/28). Grabbed a game-high 14 rebounds in the win over Southern Miss (2/7). Posted a double-double with 15 points and a game-high 13 rebounds against Memphis (1/24). Tallied 19 points and a career-high 16 rebounds against South Florida (1/13). Matched his career-high with 22 points and also added eight rebounds, five assists, and six blocks against Louisville (1/10). Posted a double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds, as well as six blocks against Southern (12/30). Notched possibly the best game of his career with career-highs of 22 points and 12 rebounds, as well as three blocks against No. 5 Florida (12/28). Improved his scoring career-high in every game of the Big Island Invitational, culminating with a 20-point contest against Long Beach (11/26). Scored 16 points, including 3-for-3 from three, in the Oklahoma game (11/25). Recorded his first career double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds (seven offensive) in the win over Nicholls State (11/17).

As a Sophomore (1999-2000): Shot 48.5 percent from the floor, a figure that led the team. Ranked fifth on the squad in rebounding despite averaging just 11.3 minutes. Best leaper on the squad. Outstanding on the offensive glass. Hit only FG attempt and added a block on 3/14 at N.C. State in the NIT. Collected a FG and two boards in four minutes of C-USA Tourney win over Houston (3/9). Grabbed a career-best seven boards to go with four points, a block and an assist at Memphis (3/1). Hit a career best 4-of-6 free throws on route to six points and three rebounds at UNC Charlotte (2/26). Had two points and three boards at South Florida (2/16). Equaled a career-high with three steals and added four points and three rebounds vs. Memphis (2/9). Made first career start at DePaul (2/2). Grabbed five rebounds vs. Houston (1/29). Played a key role in the win over New Orleans (1/24) by scoring six points and collecting six rebounds, all in the second half. Collected two boards, a block and an assist vs. South Florida (1/19). Grabbed two boards and was 2-for-2 from the line vs. Cincinnati (1/12). Equaled a career high with six rebounds and added six points and two assists at Louisville (1/3). In eight minutes vs. SMU (12/31), scored four points and grabbed two boards. Totaled four points, three rebounds, three steals and two assists vs. Howard (12/29). Saw just 10 minutes of action vs. N.C. State (12/22), but scored three points and grabbed three boards. Played a career-high 21 minutes at Lamar (12/11), tallying four points and six rebounds. Notched five rebounds and a steal vs. Centenary (12/4). Collected his first career double-figure scoring game with 10 points (5-of-6 FGs) at VCU (11/30) to go with six boards. Scored a then-career-high eight points vs. Prairie View A&M (11/21). Hit 2-of-3 FGs at Maryland (11/19) and added an assist. Equaled a career high with six rebounds in the season-opener vs. Fordham (11/17).

As a Freshman (1998-99): Tied for sixth on the team with 25 offensive rebounds though he averaged just 8.2 minutes per game. Ranked third on the team with 12 blocks. Hit his only shot vs. DePaul in the C-USA Tournament (3/3) and added an assist and a block . . . Grabbed one rebound in five minutes of 2OT win at South Florida (2/27). Grabbed three rebounds at N.C. State (2/21). Saw 14 minutes of action vs. Louisville (2/18), scoring two points. Totaled five points and three rebounds vs. South Florida (2/6). Scored seven points on 3-of-5 shooting at Cincinnati (2/3). Grabbed four offensive rebounds at Memphis (1/14). Posted two boards, an assist and a steal at Saint Louis (1/9). Tallied five points and two rejections vs. UNC-Charlotte (1/7). Scored a season-high eight points and equaled his season-high with six boards vs. UAB (12/30). Registered a season-best 15 minutes and five FG attempts on vs. Hartford (12/28). Snagged a career-high six rebounds and two assists at Texas A&M (12/9). Hit his first career three-pointer vs. Stetson (11/28). Played 14 minutes vs. Nicholls State (11/24) and had three blocked shots. Scored two points and added four rebounds in collegiate debut on 11/19 vs. Prairie View A&M.

Prep: Averaged 18 points, 14 rebounds and seven blocked shots per game as a senior. Named to Class 1A all-state team. Chose Tulane over Syracuse, Bradley and Purdue. Played for Coach Billy Garret. Earned MVP honors at the 1998 Northern Illinois Shootout and all-tournament honors at the Hoops in the Loop tourney. Also lettered in track and cross country at Providence St. Mel.

Personal: Born June 13, 1980, in Chicago, Ill. The son of Mary E. Moore and Linton Johnson Jr. Majoring in Economics.

Johnson's Career Statistics

Year G-GS Min FG-A Pct. 3FG-A Pct. FT-A Pct. Reb Avg. PF-D Ast TO Blk Stl TP Avg.
1998-99 25-0 205 16-46 .348 1-8 .125 9-20 .450 47 1.9 14-0 8 13 13 10 42 1.7
1999-00 31-1 350 33-68 .485 1-5 .200 20-31 .645 98 3.2 24-0 13 18 8 15 87 2.8
2000-01 30-27 1018 153-300 .510 29-80 .363 59-87 .678 242 8.1 91-4 73 84 58 32 394 13.1
2001-02 21-4 500 77-179 .430 16-56 .238 19-25 .760 136 6.5 58-3 24 28 20 15 189 9.0
Totals 107-32 2073 279-593 .470 47-149 .315 107-163 .656 523 4.9 187-7 118 143 99 72 712 6.7
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