Former Robert Morris forward Russell Johnson, who was with the Colonials from 2008-2012, has signed a contract with Spanish club Peñas Huesca, according to coach Andy Toole.
Peñas Huesca plays its games in the Liga Española de Baloncesto, the second league in the Spanish basketball system. Last season, it went 12-18, making it to the quarterfinals of the league's playoffs.
In his four seasons playing for Robert Morris, Johnson averaged no less than 7.3 points and 4.9 rebounds per game. By his senior season, he averaged 10.9 points and 5.9 rebounds per game, coming on strong late in the season to help the Colonials win a Northeast Conference regular season title and advance to the second round of the NIT.
The website EuroBasket.com has even gone so far as to predict Johnson as a member of Peñas Huescas' starting five.
While Velton Jones garnered most of the attention surrounding the professional prospects of last season's RMU seniors, I had wondered what kind of opportunities awaited Johnson, especially given his versatile skill set that's not common for players of his size.
In all, it seems like a good deal for Johnson. After all, not too many people get paid to play the game they love while living in northern Spain playing for a team with this indescribable animal as your team's mascot.