Runnin' Rebel Legend Walks
Dec. 21, 2007
LAS VEGAS - Former Runnin' Rebel legend Larry Johnson received his degree from UNLV on Friday during winter commencement at the Thomas & Mack Center.
Johnson was among approximately 2,000 graduates at the ceremony, which started at 9 a.m. He received his bachelor of arts degree in social science studies. After a successful professional basketball career, he returned to UNLV to finish his degree and also fulfilled a promise to his mother. His studies allow him to be a strong role model for his seven children and serve his goal of becoming a teacher, basketball coach and mentor at his former middle school in Dallas, Texas.
Johnson starred for the men's basketball team at UNLV from 1989-91 and led the Runnin' Rebels to back-to-back NCAA Final Four appearances. The team won the 1990 national championship.
A 1990 and 1991 First Team All-America selection and Big West Conference Player of the Year, Johnson won the prestigious John Wooden and James Naismith awards in 1991, which go to the country's best college basketball player.
Drafted with the first overall selection in the 1991 NBA Draft, Johnson went on to win the NBA's Rookie of the Year award as a member of the Charlotte Hornets. He also played with the New York Knicks and was a two-time NBA All-Star.
Johnson's number four is retired and hangs in the rafters at the Thomas & Mack Center and he is a member of the 2002 class inducted into the UNLV Athletic Hall of Fame.
Johnson ranks 13th on the all-time UNLV scoring list with 1,617 points and is eighth on the career rebounding chart with 841. He had the third-most points in a season in UNLV history with 822 in 1989-90 and holds the UNLV record for most rebounds in a season with 457, that same season.