Top 5 newcomers: No. 5: Anthony Johnson adds punch to men’s basketball

By Steve Shonder

Redshirt senior Anthony Johnson made a big impact for men’s basketball in his first and only year with the team, which is why he’s the No. 5 newcomer.

After transferring from Purdue, Johnson stepped in and helped the Huskies on offense. Their scoring went from 62.2 points per game in 2013 to 65.7 this season. Johnson averaged 10.8 points per game, second highest on the team.

He scored on the inside and outside, which was a complement to scoring threats like sophomore Aaric Armstead and junior Travon Baker. Whether he was hitting a step-back jumper or going hard to the paint, he found ways to score.

“Going against bigger, stronger guys, you learn different moves and how to finish,” Johnson said, according to a March 2 Northern Star article. “… Being able to finish with your left and right hand has really helped me. Taking those hits is a part of the game, and I’ve learned how to take contact and how to fall.”