Corsicana Daily Sun, Corsicana, Texas

July 16, 2013

Lakers sign Corsicana's Johnson

From Staff/Wire Reports
Associated Press

Corsicana — Wesley Johnson, a former star at Corsicana High, has signed with the Los Angeles Lakers.

The former Tiger forward was a free agent who has established himself as a solid NBA player. He averaged eight points and 2.5 rebounds in 19 minutes last seasons in 21 starts and 50 games with the Phoenix Suns.

The Lakers are his third team.

Johnson was the fourth overall pick by the Minnesota Timberwolves in the 2010 draft, and averaged nine points a game as a rookie, which was sixth in scoring among rookies. He was ranked third in 3-point shooting among rookies that season (35.6).

Johnson, who played two years with the Timberwolves (7.7 points and 2.9 rebounds) has started 148 games and has appeared in 194 in three years with Minnesota and Phoenix, averaging 7.7 points and 2.8 rebounds in 23.1 minutes in his three-year NBA career.

He was a star at Corsicana High before playing two years at Iowa State and a year at Syracuse, where he was a first-team all-American, averaging 16.5 points and 8.5 rebounds and 2.2 assists while helping lead the Orange to a 30-5 record.

He was the Big East Player of the Year and finalists for the Naismith, John Wooden and Oscar Robertson national player of the year awards before moving on to the NBA.

Will be updated.