Former Retriever Cavell Johnson Signs in Chinese National Basketball League

Former Retriever Cavell Johnson Signs in Chinese National Basketball League

TORONTO, May 25, 2016 – Slan Sports Management is pleased to announce that former UMBC Retriever Cavell Johnson has signed with Jian Huai Shan Dian in the Chinese National Basketball League (NBL). 


Johnson, a 6'8" power forward/center, is coming off of a season split between Salon Vilpas in the Finnish Korisliiga and MAFC Budapest in the Hungarian A Division. He started the season in Finland, averaging 10.3 points, 6.7 rebounds and 1.8 blocks in 23 games before moving to Hungary. There, he averaged 10.1 points, 6.9 rebounds, 1.3 assists, and ranked second in the league with 1.8 blocks per game.


A Temple Hills, Md. native, Johnson attended high school at Notre Dame Academy. He began his collegiate career as James Madison University, but transferred to UMBC in the America East Conference following his junior year. In 31 games with UMBC, Johnson averaged 12.9 points, 6.7 rebounds, and 2.3 blocks per game. That season, UMBC won the regular season and AE Tournament champions and competed in the NCAA Championships. Johnson was named to the America East Third Team. In addition, he also won the league's Male Sportsmanship Award that year.


Johnson earned his bachelor's degree in American studies in 2009. 

In 2011-2012, Johnson played with the Beltway Bombers in the Atlantic Coast Professional Basketball League (ACPBL). The Bombers won the ACPBL championship and Johnson won the ACPBL Finals Most Valuable Player award.


In 2012-2013, Johnson joined the National Basketball League of Canada's Saint John Mill Rats. With the Mill Rats, he averaged 10.8 points, 6.0 rebounds, and 1.3 blocks per game. Johnson then spent the next two years with the Brampton A's in the NBLC. In 2014, Johnson was selected to the All-NBLC Second Team after averaging 14.2 points, 6.2 rebounds and 1.5 blocks per game.  He also won the Defensive Player of the Year Award and was selected to participate in the NBLC All-Star Game. In 2015, Johnson averaged 12.4 points, 6.7 rebounds, and was tops in the league with 1.6 blocks per game. He was an All-NBLC Third Team member that season and helped the A's reach the NBLC Semi Finals.


"I want to thank the Jian Huai Shan Dian club for the chance to continue to develop my professional career," said Johnson. " I am looking forward to contributing to the growth of this new team and its foundation of excellence."


Jian Huai Shan Dian are a newly formed NBL club located in Chuzhou, Anhui.


"We are really happy to sign Cavell, as he is such a versatile and athletic player," said Yong Ge Xiong, President of Jian Huai Shan Dian. "He is an experienced and tenacious rebounder and paint protector. We believe that he will not only play a key part defensively but also contribute offensively with his quickness and skills."


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