Thursday, November 30 2023

The Golden State Warriors have signed undrafted free agent Javan Johnson to a one-year contract, his agent Daniel Hazan of Hazan Sports Management announced Friday morning.

In 127 career appearances in the NCAA, the 6-foot-6 forward averaged 9.8 points, 3.8 rebounds, 1.6 assists, and 27.3 minutes per game with Troy (2017-19), Iowa State (2020-21 season), and DePaul (2021-23).

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Javan Johnson made 13 starts in 33 games with Troy during his freshman 2017-18 season. He averaged 5.8 points, 3.0 rebounds, and 16.9 minutes per game while shooting 46.2% from the field and a career-best 43.8% beyond the arc.

Additionally, in 30 starts of his sophomore 2018-19 season, Johnson averaged then-career highs of 10.4 points, 4.2 boards, 1.6 assists, and 29.6 minutes per game. The 24-year-old will probably spend the 2023-24 NBA season in the G League, but he could appear in a couple of Warriors games next season.

Golden State Warriors sign undrafted free agent Javan Johnson to a one-year contract, select Santa Clara guard Brandin Podziemski 19th overall in the 2023 NBA Draft

Prior to the 2019-20 season, Johnson transferred to Iowa. Per NCAA transfer rules, the forward was forced to sit out for the season. The Alabama native then decided to redshirt. As a redshirt junior with Iowa in the 2020-21 season, he made 18 starts in 21 appearances.

In 33 starts with DePaul of the 2022-23 season, the forward averaged career highs of 14.2 points, 4.3 rebounds, and 35.9 minutes per game. He shot 42.6% from the floor and 41.2% from 3-point range. The former Troy wing opened the season with 11-straight double-digit scoring games.

Furthermore, Johnson finished 16th in the Big East in points (470), 15th in blocks (29), 14th in field goals (171), fifth in 3-pointers (82), seventh in minutes played (1,186), and 19th in points produced (437). He finished fourth on DePaul’s all-time list for single-season 3-pointers with 82.

In DePaul’s 72-66 win over Loyola (MD) on Nov. 7, the forward recorded his first career double-double, amassing 24 points and 10 rebounds in 33 minutes as a starter. He finished 9-of-13 (69.2%) shooting from the field and drained four shots from downtown.

Of course, in DePaul’s 103-98 victory against Samford, Johnson posted a career-high 28 points in 38 minutes of action. Along with logging four boards, three assists, and four blocks, he shot 9-of-13 (69.2%) from the floor and hit six 3-pointers.

He totaled 25 games in double-digit scoring in his NCAA career, including seven with 20 or more points. In Thursday night’s 2023 NBA Draft, the Warriors selected Santa Clara guard Brandin Podziemski 19th overall.

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