In his four seasons on The University of Scranton men's basketball team, Irv Johnson put together a career that ranks him among the best players ever to don a Royals uniform. Now, he has been honored as one of the top sports figures in Middle Atlantic Conference history.
Johnson has been named to the 2017 Class of the MAC Hall of Fame, according to a release from the conference office Wednesday morning. He is part of a 19-person class of inductees from current and former MAC institutions. The University of Scranton was a member of the MAC from 1965 until 2007 when it joined the Landmark Conference.
During his time at Scranton, Johnson was a three-time All-American, earning first-team honors in 1977 and 1978, and third-team honors in 1980. He was a three-time NABC All-Middle Atlantic Region first-team honoreed (1977, 1978, 1980), and a three-time MAC Northern Division first-team all-star (1977, 1978, 1980).
Johnson may be best known as the starting center on Scranton's first NCAA championship in 1976. In the Royals' record book, he ranks third all-time in scoring (1,859), first all-time in rebounds (1,299), eighth in blocks (119), first in field goals made (807), second in field goal attempts (1,432), fourth in field goal percentage (.564), first in games played (121), and is tied for second for blocks in a single game (9).
Johnson was a co-recipient of the John "Les" Dickman Award in 1980, a 1992 inductee in The University of Scranton Wall of Fame, and a member of the MAC All-Century Team.
The MAC Hall of Fame was started in 2012. Johnson joins Bob Bessoir (Class of 2012), the late Joe Bochicchio (Class of 2013), Mike Strong (Class of 2015) and Steve Klingman (Class of 2016) as inductees from The University of Scranton.
To see the complete list of inductees in the 2017 Class of the MAC Hall of Fame, visit http://www.gomacsports.com/news/2017/5/1/GEN_0501171036.aspx.