Phoenix is Johnson’s next stop

Friday, July 9, 2004 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 6:08 a.m. CDT, Saturday, July 5, 2008

It’s going to be a busy offseason for Arthur Johnson.

Johnson, a former star center at Missouri, who is playing on the rookie team for the expansion Charlotte Bobcats in the Minnesota Timberwolves’ Summer League, will also play in the Phoenix Suns’ rookie camp July 10-12. The Timberwolves’ league runs through Saturday.

After the three-day camp at America West Arena in Phoenix, the Suns will play in the Reebok Vegas Summer League at Cox Pavilion in Las Vegas. That league will run through July 16.

Johnson, who earned All-Big 12 Conference second team honors, led the Tigers in scoring with 16.4 per game and had 7.5 rebounds per game. He finished his four-year career at MU as the school leader in blocks (245) and rebounds (1,083).

With the Suns, Johnson will have the opportunity to play alongside former Big 12 rivals Jackson Vroman, a forward/center from Iowa State, and Brian Boddicker, a forward from Texas. The Suns acquired Vroman in a draft night trade with the Chicago Bulls.

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