Ron Johnson (basketball)

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Ron Johnson
Personal information
Born (1938-07-20)July 20, 1938
Hallock, Minnesota
Died February 1, 2015(2015-02-01) (aged 76)
St. Cloud, Minnesota
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)
Listed weight 215 lb (98 kg)
Career information
High school New Prague (New Prague, Minnesota)
College Minnesota (1957–1960)
NBA draft 1960 / Round: 2 / Pick: 12th overall
Selected by the Detroit Pistons
Position Forward
Number 9, 52
Career history
1960 Detroit Pistons
1960–1961 Los Angeles Lakers
Career highlights and awards
Stats at

Ronald F. Johnson (July 20, 1938 – February 1, 2015) was a National Basketball Association (NBA) player. Johnson played at New Prague (Minn.) High School where he became Minnesota's first boys’ high school basketball player to score 2,000 career points (2,190) when he graduated in 1956.[1]

As a junior at the University of Minnesota, Johnson was selected to the AP All-American third team.[2] In his senior season, Ron was selected to the NABC All-American third team.[3] He played in the East-West college all-star game at New York City's Madison Square Garden in 1960. Johnson finished his collegiate career with 1,335 points (19.7 points per game average).[1]

Johnson was drafted by the Detroit Pistons with the fourth pick in the second round of the 1960 NBA Draft. On December 15, 1960, he was sold from the Pistons to the Los Angeles Lakers. In his one NBA season, Ron averaged 2.6 points and 2.1 rebounds per game.[4]

Johnson, who was an attorney in St. Cloud, Minnesota, died of an aneurysm on February 1, 2015. He was 76.[5]


  1. ^ a b "Former Gopher, New Prague basketball star Ron Johnson dies". Star Tribune. February 2, 2015. Retrieved February 3, 2015. 
  2. ^ "NCAA College Basketball AP All-American teams". Retrieved 26 July 2012. 
  3. ^ "All-America - Division I (1960's)". Retrieved 26 July 2012. 
  4. ^ "Ron Johnson NBA statistics". Retrieved 26 July 2012. 
  5. ^ "Former Gophers star Johnson dies at 76". St. Cloud Times. February 2, 2015. Retrieved February 3, 2015.