JaJuan Johnson returned Sunday from a week-long trip to Las Vegas while playing with the U.S. Select Team.
Johnson enjoyed the basketball opportunities presented from the experience, but he also made sure to have some fun.
The trip was expenses paid, and Johnson and his fellow U.S. college Select Team members stayed at the Wynn hotel on the Strip. The team was provided breakfast and lunch but still got $400 in per diem for the week, Johnson said.
Not all of that allotment was spent on food.
Johnson said he spent some time in the casinos, shopping and hitting the town with teammates.
"In Vegas, it's really easy to spend ($400)," Johnson said.
Johnson's roommate was Butler's Shelvin Mack. They didn't know each other previously, Johnson said.
Johnson also hung out with Ohio State's William Buford, Wisconsin's Jon Leuer and Duke's Nolan Smith and Kyle Singler. There was no discussing last season's Sweet 16 battle with the Dukies, though, Johnson said.
Johnson spent some time with the National Team members, too, including former Indiana guard Eric Gordon.
"For the most part, those guys on that team were a lot of younger guys and stuff. It was pretty cool to chill with them a little bit and see how they really are when they're not playing basketball," Johnson said.
- As far as the basketball, Johnson admitted it was "kind of crazy" to play against NBA champ Lamar Odom and star Kevin Durant. "Especially when I decided to come back to school, you definitely didn't expect to be guarding them so soon. But it was a good experience."