Louisville guard David Johnson was selected by the Toronto Raptors with the 47th pick overall of the 2021 NBA draft.
As a sophomore in 2020-21, Johnson was the only player in the ACC to rank among the top 25 in both rebounding and assists, averaging 12.6 points, 3.2 assists (15th in the ACC) and 5.8 rebounds (21st). Though his numbers dipped towards the end of the season, Johnson was still an honorable mention All-ACC selection.
Johnson becomes the 77th Louisville player to hear his name called in the NBA Draft. Ten Cardinals have been selected over the last nine years.
U of L is one of just 10 schools in the nation with 70+ draft picks. In addition to Johnson, those recent picks include Jordan Nwora (2020, 2nd round, 45th overall selection, Milwaukee Bucks), Ray Spalding (2018, 2nd round, 56th overall, Philadelphia 76ers), Donovan Mitchell (2017, 1st round, 13th overall, Denver Nuggets), Chinanu Onuaku (2016, 2nd round, 37th overall, Houston Rockets), Terry Rozier (2015, 1st round, 16th, Boston Celtics), Montrezl Harrell (2015, 2nd, 32nd, Houston Rockets), Russ Smith (2014, 2nd, 47th, Philadelphia 76ers), Gorgui Dieng (2013, 1st, 21st, Utah Jazz) and Peyton Siva (2013, 2nd, 56th, Detroit Pistons).
Congrats to David on the beginning of his professional journey.