Carleton Johnson ’70 Inducted 1994

Basketball

Carleton   Johnson

Carl Johnson chose Gustavus from among 40 colleges who expressed interest in his basketball talents after an outstanding high school career in Balaton, Minnesota, where he averaged 35 points per game his senior year. A 6'10' center, Johnson was a dominant force in the lane for the Gusties graduating as the school's all-time leading scorer with 1,768 points and top rebounder with 1,110 boards. Though his claim to top career rebounding still stands, he currently ranks second on the Gustavus all-time scoring list behind current Gustie basketball coach Mark Hanson 83 who totaled 1,774 points.
Johnson, who helped the Gusties to the conference title in 1967-68, was a three-time all-conference selection, a two-time all-district selection and two-time team most valuable player. His senior season, he was also named honorable mention Little All-American in 1970.
After graduating from Gustavus with a degree in biology, Carl pursued a professional basketball career in Europe for seven years. He competed for two seasons in Belgium and five in Italy; he was rated the top American player in Italy in 1974. During his European career, he averaged 22 points and 17 rebounds per game. In 1977, Johnson returned to the United States and built a home in Neillsville, Wisconsin, where he taught at a private school and farmed, raising sheep and horses. He currently lives in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, where he is working a master's degree in marriage and family therapy. He already holds a master's degree in guidance and counseling. Carl and his wife Anne-Marie have a daughter, Tina.