Armon Johnson

Born and raised in Chicago, IL, Armon moved to Reno in the fifth grade and immediately began attending the  Boys and Girls Club on 9th Street. He credits the Club for being the safe place he could go to stay out of trouble, follow his dreams, and be mentored. Armon is forever thankful for all of his memories made there and the people that helped make it happen, and has already hosted two successful basketball camps for Reno youth since he left the University. We are thrilled that he’s able to join us for this event.

 

Armon’s middle school teams at Traner Middle School were undefeated for two straight years, and that momentum grew quickly as he transitioned to Hug High School. For four years, he picked apart defenses with his versatile skill set and scoring prowess. Extremely strong for a guard, Armon had no problems posting up or attacking the paint. His first-step and jab series were explosive and by the time he was a junior, he was playing well above the rim. His lefty stroke was tough to contest because of his high release and his ability to elevate. Equipped with strong ball-handling skills, he had the ability to finish at the rim or pull up and utilize his mid-range weapons. When he got hot, which was often, he put on some truly memorable performances throughout his four years at Hug High. He ended up breaking the state record for career points in Nevada in only three varsity seasons, which was broken the following year by Luke Babbitt.

 

Armon chose to stay local and attend the University of Nevada. It turned out to be a perfect match and when Ramon Sessions left early for the NBA, he had big shoes to fill.  He was the WAC freshman of the year and was selected first team All-WAC as a sophomore and junior. His numbers and leadership ability steadily improved and the NBA scouts began to take notice. His NBA frame and explosive vert and lateral quickness were just part of the total package that enabled Armon to be selected 56th overall in the second round of the NBA draft to the Portland Trail Blazers. Armon played a significant amount of minutes in his rookie season early on and played well. After his time in Portland, he spent short stints with the Brooklyn Nets and the Orlando Magic before he  took his talents overseas where he’s had the opportunity to play in several countries. Finally healthy from ongoing knee issues, Armon recently signed with the Austin Spurs of the NBA development league, and we’re wishing him all the best as they wrap up the regular season and playoffs.