Damian Johnson (basketball)

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Damian Johnson
No. 35 – Bendigo Braves
Position Small forward
League SEABL
Personal information
Born (1987-03-09) March 9, 1987 (age 29)
Thibodaux, Louisiana
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)
Listed weight 205 lb (93 kg)
Career information
High school Thibodaux (Thibodaux, Louisiana)
College Minnesota (2006–2010)
NBA draft 2010 / Undrafted
Playing career 2010–present
Career history
2010–2011 Oita Heat Devils
2011 Bakersfield Jam
2011–2012 Springfield Armor
2014–2015 Mount Gambier Pioneers
2016–present Bendigo Braves
Career highlights and awards
  • SEABL champion (2014–2015)
  • SEABL Defensive Player of the Year (2015)
  • All-SEABL Team (2015)
  • Big Ten All-Defensive Team (2009)

Damian Johnson (born March 9, 1987) is an American professional basketball player for the Bendigo Braves of the South East Australian Basketball League (SEABL). He played college basketball for the University of Minnesota.

High school career[edit]

Johnson attended Thibodaux High School in Thibodaux, Louisiana and was first team All-state in Louisiana as a senior. He was also the All-Bayou Region Player of the Year in 2005, as well as his conference's defensive player of the year three times-as a sophomore, junior, and senior.

College career[edit]

Coming out of Louisiana, Johnson was highly recruited and signed to play with Minnesota in 2005, but instead redshirted the 2005–06 season. As a redshirted freshman in 2006–07, he averaged just 1.6 points per game while averaging only 9.8 minutes per game. As a sophomore in the 2007–08 season, he sprung up the depth charts in Minnesota and scored 7.1 points per game while rising his minutes to 22.6 per game, and he started many of the 34 games he played in. As a junior in 2008–09, he averaged 9.8 points, 4.2 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 1.9 steals and 2.0 blocks per game in 30 games. As a senior in 2009–10, he averaged 9.9 points, 4.3 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 1.8 steals and 1.9 blocks per game in 35 games.[1]

Professional career[edit]

After going undrafted in the 2010 NBA draft, Johnson played for the Miami Heat and the Minnesota Timberwolves during the 2010 NBA Summer League.[2][3] In August 2010, he signed with the Oita Heat Devils for the 2010–11 bj league season.[4]

In November 2011, Johnson was acquired by the Bakersfield Jam of the NBA Development League. On December 28, 2011, he was waived by the Jam. Three days later, he was acquired by the Springfield Armor.[5]

In January 2014, Johnson signed with the Mount Gambier Pioneers of the South East Australian Basketball League.[6] In December 2014, he re-signed with the Pioneers for the 2015 season.[7] He helped the team win back-to-back championships in 2015 and earned Defensive Player of the Year honors.[8] In 55 games for the Pioneers over two seasons, he averaged 15.1 points, 9.2 rebounds and 1.9 assists per game.[9]

On November 12, 2015, Johnson signed with the Bendigo Braves for the 2016 SEABL season.[10][11]


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