Born: February 8, 1989 in Indianapolis, Indiana
Height: 6' 10"
Weight: 221 lbs
JaJuan Johnson grew up in Indianapolis, Indiana with his sister Dashawna and parents, Chris and Rhonda. He attended Franklin Central High School, where he began to blossom as a basketball player, averaging 20 points and 9 rebounds per game as a senior. Following his senior season, JaJuan was named to the Indiana All-Star Team and committed to Purdue University
Johnson’s prestigious career at Purdue University included several Big Ten and national NCAA honors. During his sophomore season, he was named a First Team All-Big Ten selection and by his senior season, JaJuan was a consensus First Team All-American and was named the Big Ten Player of the Year, as well as the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year. He was also the only player in program history to ever be named the Pete Newell National Big Man of the Year Award.
JaJuan finished his Boilermaker career averaging 13.7 points, 6. 1 rebounds and 2 blocks. He ranked second in Purdue history in blocks (263), third in minutes played (3,856), fourth in free throw attempts (662) and games started (120).
“Playing at Purdue was an unbelievable experience. The fans are great, they have great coaches and it was a perfect fit for me,” said Johnson.
In June 2011, JaJuan was selected with the 27th overall pick in the NBA Draft by the New Jersey Nets. His rights were then traded to the Boston Celtics.