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Local guard Cameron Johnson, a late addition to Pitt's 2014 recruiting class, dunks during his senior season at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart (Coraopolis, Pa.).
Speaking of the PBC Pro-Am, one of the most intriguing Pitt representatives in the summer league has been former Our Lady of the Sacred Heart (Coraopolis, Pa.) guard Cameron Johnson. With his size and range, he gave us a first impression that suggested he could be quite the under-the-radar player for the Panthers.
"I feel like I'm going to Pitt for a reason," Johnson said. "I've been watching [the PBC Pro-Am] for four years, so I know what it's about. The physicality of the ACC is a big difference, so the biggest thing I'm working on is staying low."
Johnson (6'7", 185 lbs.), whose unexpected growth spurt late in his high school career could help him endure, sees himself as a perimeter guy. In his PBC Pro-Am debut on June 23 he buried four of his first five three-point shots and finished with a team-leading 24 points in a decisive win. He's averaging 19.2 points per summer league game thus far.
His present challenge is not only learning how to harness his new physique, but how to do it painlessly. When he does, he'll probably be a swingman off the Panthers' bench. He'll be joined there by two other WPIAL newcomers, former Beaver Falls (Pa.) star and Vanderbilt transfer Sheldon Jeter, and former Hampton (Allison Park, Pa.) standout Ryan Luther.
Injecting so much local flavor into Jamie Dixon's roster is unheard of during his tenure, but in any event, forwards Jeter and Luther could eventually help the Panthers in similar ways on the wings. While they compete for Dixon's attention, and while Cameron Wright enjoys job security at the 2, Johnson could steal some playing time from Jamel Artis and/or Durand Johnson if he continues to impress with his offense.