West Windsor, N.J. – The Mercer County Community College men’s basketball team received some exciting news this week when sophomore David Johnson (Philadelphia, PA/Communications Tech) was named a Second Team All-American by the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA). Johnson becomes the 13th All-American in MCCC men’s basketball history and only the second since 2001.
Johnson led the Vikings in scoring, averaging 18.3 points per game, which put in him in the top 50 (42nd) in scoring in NJCAA Division II basketball. He finished with the 19th best free throw percentage in the country at 82.8 percent. Johnson also shot over 50 percent from the floor, hitting 53.2 percent of his shots this season.
Scoring by the 5'9" guard improved from 13.1 points per game his freshman year to 18.3 in his sophomore season. Johnson finished his MCCC career with 830 points.
According to Head Coach Howard Levy, it was not just Johnson's scoring that made him such a valuable player; it was his solid all-around game. This season, Johnson averaged 3.7 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 2.5 steals per game.
Johnson’s strong sophomore season along with the improved play of four other returning sophomores was one of the big reasons for the success of the team. The Vikings went 23-4 and had a 15-game winning streak, which ended with a 54-73 loss to Essex in the Region 19 Championship. The Vikings earned 23 wins for the first time since the 1997-98 season.
Johnson was named the Region 19 Player of the Year last month and was selected to the All-Region First Team, along with teammate Tyliek Kimbrough (Brooklyn, NY/Boys and Girls HS), who was selected to the All-Region Second Team.
Levy has nothing but high praise for Johnson. “David is one of the best players I have ever coached and that includes my time at Princeton. He did so many incredible and difficult things to help the team win and made them all look easy. His instincts for the game are amazing. He is showing steady improvement as a student as well,” Levy said.
Johnson is planning to continue his basketball and academic careers at a four-year school next fall and is likely going to announce his transfer school in the coming weeks.
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