As a Junior in 2003-04: Came off the bench at Charlotte to score 10 pts. with a pair of assists (11/21/03) scored 8 pts. with 4 assists vs. Wm. & Mary (11/29/03) contributed 7 pts. vs. West Virginia (12/6/03) dished out 5 assists vs. Towson (12/10/03) hit his only FG (a three) and dished 3 assists vs. La Salle (1/17/04) shot 3-4 FGs for 8 pts. at Richmond (1/31/04) contributed three assists, three pts. vs. St. Bonaventure (2/4/04) logged 15 minutes @ La Salle (3/6/04)
In 2002-03: Sat out the 2002-03 season while practicing with the Colonials after transferring from UNLV.
AT UNLV: Played two seasons at UNLV before transferring to GW. Johnson averaged 8.3 minutes per game and appeared in all 29 games as a sophomore in 2001-02 under coach Charlie Spoonhour. He averaged 1.5 points per game and was seventh on the team with 24 assists... appeared in 29 games for the Runnin' Rebels as a freshman, starting 11 under coach Bill Bayno... he averaged 4.4 points, 1.5 rebounds, 2.2 assists with 64 assists and 15 steals... his career-high was 17 points against Brigham Young in Feb., 2001.
High School: Graduated from Crispus Attucks Charter School in York, PA where he played for coach Isiah Anderson during the 1999-00 season... his team won the National Prep School championship... he was named the Prep School National Invitational MVP as the team finsihed 21-3... led the team in scoring with 19 ppg... also averaged 10 assists, three rebounds, and two steals. also attended Baltimore's Dunbar High School where he played under coach Leonard Baolham...named first team All-City and All-State as a sophomore, junior and senior... the 1998-99 Dunbar squad was city and state champions with a 25-3 record.
Personal: Born February 23, 1981 in Baltimore, MD... full name is Lafonte Edward Johnson... nickname is "Tay"... son of Robin Dinkins and William Johnson... has two sisters, Chemera (18) and June (26) and two brothers, Darrell (22) and Rashard (16)... ambidextrous.... sociology major.
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