Former La Salle standout B.J. Johnson inks deal with Charlotte Hornets

Courtesy of GoExplorers.com

ORLANDO, Fla. – Former La Salle University men’s basketball standout B.J. Johnson has signed a free agent contract with the Orlando Magic, it was announced by the organization on Wednesday. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Johnson was a two-time First Team All-Big 5 selection for the Explorers, concluding his career at La Salle with 1,070 points to rank in the Top 50 in school history. The 6-7 forward averaged 20.8 points per game as a senior, the most for a La Salle player since the late Rasual Butler scored 20.9 points per contest in 2001-02.

In addition to his scoring exploits, Johnson was one of the top rebounders in the Atlantic 10, pulling in 8.3 per outing. He shot nearly 45 percent from the field and almost 87 percent from the free throw line, and registered 17 games in which he scored 20 or more points. For his efforts, he earned a spot on the All-Atlantic 10 Second Team and was one of five players named to the All-Academic Team. Johnson graduated from La Salle in May with a bachelor’s degree in finance.

Johnson played this past summer with the Charlotte Hornets in the NBA Summer League, and is the first La Salle player to sign an NBA contract since Ramon Galloway inked a deal with the Magic in October of 2016. Training camp in Orlando begins September 26.

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