Ollie Johnson (basketball, born 1942)

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Ollie Johnson
Center / Power forward
Personal information
Born 1942
Washington, D.C.
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 7 in (201 cm)
Listed weight 220 lb (100 kg)
Career information
High school Springarn (Washington, D.C.)
College San Francisco (1962–1965)
NBA draft 1965 / Round: 1 / Pick: 8th overall
Selected by the Boston Celtics
Career highlights and awards
WCC Player of the Year (1965)
AAU All-American (1965)

Oliver "Ollie" Johnson (born 1942) is a retired American basketball player. He was an All-American forward at the University of San Francisco and a first round draft pick in the National Basketball Association (NBA) in 1965.

Johnson, a 6'7 power forward from Spingarn High School in Washington, D.C., played college basketball at the University of San Francisco from 1962 to 1965. At USF, Johnson was a first team All-West Coast Conference pick each of his three years there (freshmen were ineligible) and was named WCC player of the year as a junior and senior.1 Johnson led the Dons to WCC championships and NCAA tournament appearances in all three of his seasons. The Dons lost in the West regional final in consecutive years to eventual champion UCLA. In the 1965 NCAA tournament, Johnson led all players in scoring in rebounding average as he tallied 36 points and 18.5 rebounds per game.2

For his career, Ollie Johnson scored 1,668 points (19.9 per game) and grabbed 1,323 rebounds (15.8 per game), ranking him in the school's top ten all-time in both categories. In addition to his conference accolades, Johnson was named an All-American in 1964 and 1965.1

Johnson was drafted in the first round of the 1965 NBA Draft by the Boston Celtics (8th pick overall), but he never played in the NBA. After being cut by the Celtics, he played for the San Francisco Athletic Club in the Amateur Athletic Union, where he was named an AAU All-American in 1965.3 He then played overseas in the Basketball League Belgium for three seasons.


  1. ^ a b 2010-11 USF men's basketball media guide, accessed October 8, 2011
  2. ^ 1965 NCAA Tournament at CBSSports.com, accessed October 8, 2011
  3. ^ History of the Amateur Athletic Union, accessed October 8, 2011

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