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Ex-Wolf Pack star Armon Johnson hired as McQueen's head basketball coach

Armon Johnson
Armon Johnson, left, has been named McQueen's head basketball coach. (Byrne Photo/Nevada athletics)

Armon Johnson, who starred at Hug High and for the Nevada Wolf Pack before reaching the NBA, was named the boys basketball coach at McQueen High on Thursday.

Johnson, who played in the NBA from 2010-12, is the second former local standout to land a large-class coaching job this offseason. Two weeks ago, Galena High hired ex-Reno High star Olek Czyz, who played at Duke and Nevada before a successful pro career.

Johnson replaces Keith Crawford, who coached McQueen from 2016-2020 before stepping down this offseason due to work responsibilities. Johnson most recently coached Excel Christian High, a private 1A school in Sparks.

The 32-year-old Johnson set the Nevada high school scoring record at Hug despite only playing three seasons of varsity basketball, since broken twice (by Luke Babbitt and Dantley Walker). Johnson then committed to Nevada where he averaged 14.3 points, 4.4 assists and 3.7 rebounds per game. He was voted into the Wolf Pack's most recent Hall of Fame class.

Johnson left Nevada after his junior season and was the No. 34 pick of the 2010 NBA draft by the Portland Trail Blazers. He also played for the Brooklyn Nets. In 47 NBA games over two seasons, Johnson averaged 3.3 points and 1.2 assists per game on 45.8 percent shooting. After several professional seasons, Johnson joined Eric Musselman's staff at Nevada as an undergraduate assistant for the 2018-19 season.

Johnson was Excel Christian's head coach for the last two seasons, although the state of Nevada didn't play high school basketball this season due to COVID-19 restrictions. Johnson's Warriors went 0-12 overall and 0-10 in league play during his one active season.

The news of Johnson's hiring by McQueen was first reported by the RGJ's Jim Krajewski.

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