BREAKDOWN: Marcus Johnson, 6-foot-6, 210-pound redshirt senior forward was granted another year of eligibility following the 2008-09 season. He competed for USC in the second semester last season after transferring from Connecticut. He brings a smothering defense and an aggressive style to the Trojans. Johnson is a dangerous scoring threat in the open court. In his two-plus seasons at Connecticut, Johnson averaged 4.9 points while shooting 50 percent from the field in 51 games, 24 starts. USC went 13-4 in games last season in which Johnson was available to play.
2008-09: Johnson averaged 3.1 points and 1.8 rebounds in 16 games (one start), but brought leadership and a variety of intangibles to the squad. Played in his first game for USC after sitting out the first semester due to transfer rules on Dec. 28 vs. Oral Roberts and had six points, two rebounds, and three steals in 19 minutes. He then grabbed five rebounds in the games at Oregon on Jan. 2 and at Oregon State on Jan. 4. Helped lead USC to victory at Washington State on Jan. 24, hitting the go-ahead basket late in the game and finishing with seven points. Had a season-high nine points in the win vs. Stanford on Jan. 29. The Trojans went 7-3 before he suffered a right rotator cuff strain with caused him to miss the entire month of February in which USC went 1-6. He returned for the final two regular season,three Pac-10 Tournament and two NCAA Tournament games in which USC compiled a 6-1 record.
2007-08: Played in one exhibition game for UCONN for a total of six minutes, scoring three points and grabbing three rebounds in a defeat of Assumption College, but in the process lost a year of eligibility. His time was limited in the Assumption game and caused him to miss UCONN's other exhibition game due to an injured right elbow. Later given an injury waiver for the season. Transfered to USC and began taking classes in the 2008 Spring semester.
2006-07: As a sophomore appeared in all 31 games, starting at small forward in 19 contests. Averaged 5.5 points, 3.0 rebounds and 16.7 minutes per game. Reached double-figures seven times, while leading the team in steals on eight occasions. Started and had four rebounds, four points, two blocks and two steals in the opener vs. Quinnipiac on Nov. 10. Tallied 10 points and four rebounds vs. Central Arkansas on Nov. 17. Scored 10 points on 5 of 8 shooting and grabbed a career-high eight rebounds in win vs. Mississippi on Nov. 19. Again hit 5 of eight shots and scored 14 points, with six rebounds and three assists in win vs. Albany on Nov. 26. Reached double-figures again will 11 points vs. Texas Southern on Dec. 3 and 10 points and a career-high tying eight rebounds vs. Northeastern on Dec. 6. Again had eight rebounds and scored a season-high 16 points on 8 of 11 shooting in loss at West Virginia on Dec. 30. Scored in double-figures for the last time with 10 points and three rebounds in win vs. Syracuse on Feb. 5. Had eight points and a career-high three blocks against Syracuse in the BIG EAST Tournament on March 7.
2005-06: Played in 20 games as a freshman, starting five. Averaged 3.8 points on the year, but scored 13.2 ppg in his five starts. Came off the bench in the opener at Pepperdine on Nov. 19 and had two rebounds and an assist in 10 minutes. Scored his first career points on a three-pointer vs. Texas Southern on Dec. 2. Made his first career start and scored a career-high 20 points on 9-for-13 shooting in win vs. New Hampshire on Dec. 18. Started the next four games and scored 13 vs. Morehead State, 14 vs. Stony Brook, 17 vs. Quinnipiac in a career-high 29 minutes and two at Marquette. In the five starts, Johnson averaged 13.2 points and hit 60.0 percent of his shots (27-for-45).
HIGH SCHOOL: A consensus Top 100 national recruit, ranked by Rivals.com as the No. 18 shooting guard and by Scout.com as the No. 22 small forward in the class of 2005. Was a two-time All-State and All-City selection while playing for Westchester High in Los Angeles, the same high school that produced former Trojan and current NBA player Gabe Pruitt. Westchester was a three-time state champion and among the nation's top-ranked teams while Johnson was there. He averaged 18 points, six rebounds and three assists as a senior. He was coached at Westchester by Ed Azzam.
PERSONAL: Marcus Joseph Christopher Johnson was born on February 13, 1987 in Los Angeles, Calif. He is the son of Thomas Johnson and Chrissina Johnson. He has five siblings: Stephen, Roman, Comesha, Jy'Aire and Zion. Chose No. 0 when he came to USC because he was starting from scratch.