DENVER - Considering all he accomplished as the girls' basketball coach at Sand Creek High School, B.J. Johnson would have been welcomed back on a red carpet.
But the Scorpions get it. An NBA front-office gig doesn't come around all that often.
After guiding Sand Creek to a 24-2 record and a berth in the semifinals of the Class 4A state tournament during the 2015-16 season, Johnson advanced high up the hoops ranks with a job as the director of scouting for the Brooklyn Nets.
The Nets make their lone trip to Pepsi Center to play the Nuggets on Friday.
"BJ's as good as they come. He really set the standard for all of my coaches throughout all of their programs in terms of how a program should be managed. We were lucky to have him for the time that we had him," Sand Creek athletics director Jared Felice said Thursday. "We were sad to see him go, but we also understand why, obviously."
The Nets declined The Gazette's request to interview Johnson.
Johnson also worked as the assistant director for the U.S. men's national team at the Olympic Training Center. This is Johnson's first season in Brooklyn.
"He's a great man who did a lot of great things at Sand Creek," Felice said. "Any time you see a good person get an opportunity like that, you're happy for him."