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Bastrop Daily Enterprise - Bastrop, LA
  • Ervin Johnson's Bio

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  • A Jonesville native, the 6-foot-11 Johnson never played high school basketball and was bagging groceries in Baton Rouge when he was brought to the attention of then-UNO coach Tim Floyd. Johnson played four seasons (1990-93) and was the Sun Belt Conference Player of the Year in 1993 when Basketball Times made him a second-team All-America. UNO made two NCAA Tournaments and one NIT during his time there. Johnson finished as the second-leading scorer in UNO history (1,608 points) and was the school's all-time leader in rebounds (1,287), blocked shots (294), field goal percentage (.590) and double-doubles (55). He averaged 13.1 points and 10.5 rebounds for his college career. Johnson was the MVP of the NABC All-Star game in 1993. His jersey was retired in 1997 and in 2005 he was named to the Sun Belt's All-Time team. A first-round draft pick by Seattle in 1993 (23rd overall), Johnson played 13 seasons, also spending time with Denver, Milwaukee and Minnesota. He averaged 4.1 points, 6.1 rebounds and 1.3 blocks for his 845-game career. His best seasons came in 1996-97 with Denver when he averaged 7.1 points and 11.1 rebounds and in 1997-98 with Milwaukee when he averaged 8.0 ppg and 8.5 rpg in starting 163 of a possible 164 games those two years. Born 12-21-67 in New Orleans.
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