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Kevin Johnson: An Appreciation

KJ put on for his city for four years.

NCAA Basketball: Memphis at Cincinnati Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports

Career Numbers

  • Minutes: 2,797 (20.6 PG)
  • Points: 829 (6.1 PG)
  • Rebounds: 214 (1.6 PG)
  • Assists: 167 (1.2 PG)
  • Steals: 115 (0.9 PG)
  • Shooting splits: .373/.320/.764

Kevin Johnson comes from right here in Cincinnati, Ohio. When Johnson came to UC, he was the prototypical defensive minded player that Mick Cronin loves to have around. We would learn soon after he got here that he was much more than a defensive threat. From his sophomore to senior season, Johnson became a staple on the court for the Bearcats and would usually be given the task of guarding the opponents best guards. It is truly hard to measure how much Johnson meant to the UC Bearcats in his time here because he could do it all. Although known for defense, Johnson could play just about any role Cronin and the Bearcats needed. He was not the type of guy that ESPN will have as a front page story in the morning, but he is a player that true UC fans will not soon forget.

Best of the Best

Saturday February 28, 2015 at Tulane

In 21 minutes of game time, Johnson nailed four three-pointers and finished with a season-high 15 points.

Tuesday February 9, 2016 at UCF

Johnson didn’t let up for 33 minutes and finished with 13 points on 5-of-11 shooting, while causing havoc on the defensive end with three steals.

Saturday December 17, 2016 vs. Fairleigh Dickinson

KJ would netted a career high 18 point, helped by four three pointers, and came away with three steals.

Wednesday January 18, 2017 vs. Temple

Johnson would drop 16 points and dish out four assists while coming up with a steal in an 81-74 victory.

Saturday February 18, 2017 vs. Tulsa

Johnson proved he could do it all by scoring 15 points, grabbing three rebounds and adding three steals.

Sunday March 19, 2017 vs. UCLA

In the second round of the NCAA Tournament, Johnson did all he could to keep UC’s season going, tallying 13 points on 5-of-9 shooting. Although the Bearcats ultimately fell to the Bruins, Johnson left everything on the floor.

A Final Goodbye

Kevin Johnson will truly be missed as a Cincinnati Bearcat. His never ending effort on the court was truly something you can’t coach, and we can only hope that UC always gets players who work as hard as Johnson did in his four years. He has made this team and this entire program better in his time here and we wish him the best in the future.