Johnson was named a First Team All-American twice, and won the Big West Conference Player of the Year and tournament Most Valuable Player awards in 19. Wooden Award and was named Naismith College Player of the Year in 1991.To this day, Johnson is ranked 12th in career scoring and 7th in rebounding at UNLV despite playing only two seasons.Lawrence Demetric "Larry" Johnson (born March 14, 1969) is an American retired basketball player who spent his professional career in the National Basketball Association (NBA) with the Charlotte Hornets and New York Knicks.He played the power forward position due to his strength.UNLV went on to win the contest by a score of 103–73, with Johnson contributing 22 points and 11 rebounds.
In the 1991 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament, UNLV won the West Regional Tournament only to be upset by eventual champion Duke in the Final Four.
Johnson eventually transferred to the University of Nevada, Las Vegas to play under head coach Jerry Tarkanian.
Alongside future NBA players Stacey Augmon and Greg Anthony, Johnson faced Duke Blue Devils in the title game of the 1990 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament.
He played in the 1987––89 seasons where he averaged 22.3 points per game as a freshman and over 29 points per game his sophomore year, and became the first—and to this day, only—player ever to win the National Junior College Athletic Association Division 1 Player of the Year award both years he played.
There were even some basketball analysts who believed Johnson could have been a first round selection in the 1989 NBA draft (even a possible NBA lottery selection) if he had declared for early entry.
He also holds the record for single-season and career field goal percentage.