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New Deal for Kerron

New Deal for Kerron

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - - Former Belmont University men's basketball standout Kerron Johnson ('13) has signed a professional contract with UBT Cluj Napoca in Romania, Eurobasket reported Sunday.

Last season, Johnson averaged 14.3 points, 2.6 rebounds and 4.8 assists per game for Hapoel Be'er Sheva in Israel. He began the season with Pistoia Basket of Serie A in Italy, where he averaged 13.1 points, 3.2 rebounds and 3.9 assists per game.

In his second stint with MHP Riesen Ludwgsburg in 2017-18, Johnson averaged 9.3 points, 4.3 assists, and 1.1 steals per game as the yellow and grey reached the German BBL playoff semifinals.

The Huntsville, Alabama native also averaged 10 points and four assists per game in 26 games of Basketball Champions League - FIBA's top European-wide competition for professional clubs - as MHP reached the Final Four, before falling to AS Monaco.

In 2016-17, Johnson played for MKS Dabrowa Gornicza of Polska Liga Koszykowki (PLK) in Poland, ranking among the top perimeter players in the league. He averaged 14.2 points, 4.2 assists and 1.6 steals per game.

Four years ago, Johnson averaged 14.2 points, 2.7 rebounds, 3.8 assists, and 1.1 steals per game for MHP Riesen Ludwigsburg en route to German BBL All-Star and All-German Bundesliga honors.

Johnson began his professional career with New Zealand Breakers of the NBL and also spent time with SPO Rouen of the French Professional League.

The dynamic floor general native took the Belmont program to new heights, leading the Bruins to 102 victories, four regular season conference championships, three conference tournament championships and three consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances.

Johnson helped Belmont earn national Top 25 poll votes three straight seasons and the program's best NCAA Tournament seed - No. 11 - in 2013.

Among Johnson's many career accomplishments was being named all-conference four straight years, 2012 NABC All-District and back-to-back conference tournament Most Valuable Player honors in 2012 and 2013.

Johnson delivered two of the most memorable moments in program history in the 2013 OVC Championship game against Murray State, hitting the game-tying and eventual game-winning shots to lift the Bruins to another NCAA Tournament automatic berth.

Johnson also ranks among the program leaders in assists, steals and free throws made and attempted.

He is the brother of 2017 SEC Player of the Year and Detroit Lions running back, Kerryon Johnson.

Johnson joins Dylan Windler (NBA Cleveland Cavaliers), 2017 NBA Champion Ian Clark (China), Kevin McClain (Germany), Alex Renfroe (Russia), J.J. Mann (Belgium), Amanze Egekeze (Greece) and Austin Luke (Spain) as former Belmont men's basketball players currently playing professionally.

Belmont University men's basketball has earned postseason invitations 13 of the last 14 seasons, including eight berths to the NCAA Tournament. The Bruins have won 17 conference championships since 2006 - third-most nationally over that span (Gonzaga, Kansas). Belmont is one of only six NCAA Division I programs outside the Power 5 to post Top 100 RPIs nine consecutive seasons (BYU, Gonzaga, Saint Mary's (CA), San Diego State, Wichita State). Belmont is one of only nine NCAA Division I programs to win 19 or more games 14 consecutive seasons (BYU, Duke, Gonzaga, Kansas, Louisville, Michigan State, North Carolina, San Diego State). Belmont University men's basketball boasts an NCAA-leading 17 CoSIDA Academic All-America selections since 2001 and is the only NCAA Division I program to make the NCAA Academic Progress Rate (APR) Honor Roll every year of existence.