One of Illinois? first players off the bench?Ranked fourth on the team in assists (59), fifth in steals and seventh in rebounds, while leading the team in floor burns?Shot 43 percent (9-21) from three-point range, and 51 percent from the field, in Big Ten games?Shaved his head prior to the first game in Maui on Nov. 20?Started two games this season in place of injured Sergio McClain?Key performance came at Indiana when he scored eight consecutive points on three straight field goals midway of second half?Scored season-high 16 points and grabbed eight rebounds in victory over Iowa (2/24) ... Came off the bench to score 15 points in Sweet Sixteen victory over Kansas (3/23) ... Was perfect from the field (2-2) and free-throw line (2-2) to score eight points vs. Arizona (3/25).
Played in all 32 games, starting 13 times, including the last 12 games of the season ?Averaged 6.1 points per game?Scored in double figures seven times on the season?Second on the team with 40 percent accuracy (29-of-73) from three-point land?Scored 15 vs Western Illinois (11/19), on 5-of-6 shooting, including a perfect 4-of-4 from three-point land in only 14 minutes?Had 13 vs. Texas-Pan American (12/8), shooting 5-of-8 from the floor and dishing out three assists?Scored 14 vs. Kansas State (12/11), going 3-of-4 from beyond the arc, while pulling down four rebounds?Scored 14 vs. Bethune-Cookman (12/28), pouring in 4-of-5 three point baskets in 20 minutes?Scored 15 vs Loyola Chicago (12/30), going 4-of-6 from three point range, and pulled down six rebounds in a season high 28 minutes ?Had 16 points vs Iowa (2/12), going 12-of-14 from the free throw line, had four rebounds, three assists and two steals in 28 minutes of action?Scored 18 vs Minnesota (2/17) on 4-6 shooting from beyond the arc, and collected 5 rebounds in 26 minutes?Had seven rebounds twice in the Big Ten Tournament, vs. Indiana (3/10) and Penn St. (3/12).
Did not see action in the season opener against Wake Forest, but played in every other game and averaged 19.9 minutes per game for the season?Started four regular season and three Big Ten Tournament games?Ended the regular season shooting only 27 percent from the field (22-for-83) and 25 percent from three-point range (9-for-36), but he went on a tear in the Big Ten Tournament. In four tourney games, he scored in double figures three times and averaged 12.5 ppg. He shot 50 percent from the field (15-for-30) and 43 percent from three-point range (6-for-14) ...Led the team with 17 points against Indiana (3/5)?Played 25 minutes against Northwestern (1/9) and was the leading bench scorer with eight points?Got his first collegiate start against the Nittany Lions (1/23) and had two points, three rebounds, three assists, and five steals?Against Michigan, after Robbie Reid nailed a three-pointer with 56 seconds remaining to give the Wolverines a 58-56 lead, Johnson answered with a trey at the 40-second mark to give Illinois a 59-58 lead in the game that UI eventually won, 61-59?After a five-game stretch (Ohio State?1/30, Minnesota? 2/3, Wisconsin?2/6, Michigan State?2/11, Purdue?2/13) where he was 1-for-14 from the floor and 0-for-6 from three-point range, he got back on the scoreboard with eight points against Northwestern (2/17)?Won the Ralf Woods Memorial Award for leading the team in free throw shooting (76.7 percent)?In Australia, Johnson averaged 9.1 ppg and 3.6 rpg?Represented Illinois on the Big Ten traveling team in August? Averaged 3.7 ppg and 3.0 rpg in six games with the Big Ten team.
An all-state selection (IBCA, News-Gazette, Chicago Sun-Times) after averaging 17 points, seven rebounds and four assists for Maine West?In the state quarterfinals against Fenwick, Johnson tallied eight points, five rebounds, and four assists despite getting a head injury that required 13 stitches?In the semifinal loss to Galesburg Johnson had seven points, eight rebounds, and two assists; in the consolation game he led the team with 19 points and six rebounds ?Averaged 11.3 points, 6.3 rebounds and 2.3 assists in the state tournament games?MVP of the Wheeling Hardwood Classic in 1996 and 1997?Led Maine West to a 28-5 record, the Wheeling Hardwood Holiday Classic title and fourth place in the Class AA state tournament?Had eight points, one rebound and two assists in the IBCA All-Star game in June.
The son of Ron and Leslie Johnson, and the younger brother of former Illini Brian Johnson, a member of the 1998 Big Ten championship team?Another brother, Brad (twin with Brian) played basketball at Northern Illinois ... Lucas was an honor roll student all four years of high school?He lists his greatest thrill in sports as helping Maine West place fourth in the state tournament in 1998?Enjoys playing golf in his spare time?He worked as a runner at the Chicago Board of Trade the summer following his senior year ?Majoring in business administration.
JOHNSON?S CAREER STATISTICS...
Year G-GS MIN-Avg FGM-FGA/ FG% 3PM-3PA/ 3P% FTM-FTA/ FT% OR-DR --TOT/Avg. PF-DQ A TO B S PTS/Avg.
98-99 31-7 616-19.9 37-113/.327 15-50 /.300 46-60 /.767 39-57 --96 /3.1 67-2 45 58 4 12 135/4.4
99-00 32-13 652-20.4 50-119/.420 29-73 /.397 67-92 /.728 30-76 --106/3.3 74-0 62 39 7 25 196/6.1
00-01 35-2 608-17.4 48-104/.462 18-52 /.346 62-83 /.747 39-77 --116/3.3 78-2 59 38 5 20 176/5.0
Totals 98-22 1876-19.1 135-336/.402 62-175/.354 175-235/.745 108-210--318/3.2 219-4 166 135 16 57 507/5.2