Johnson reaches career milestone

January 11, 2016 | 11:07 AM

On Saturday, Jan. 9th, senior forward Deavis Johnson scored his 1000th career point in a loss to Webster University. This season alone the East St. Louis native averages 18.5 points per game, leads the conference in rebounds, and is on the top five list for field goal percentage, total blocks, and minutes played. Johnson was also named this week as St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SLIAC) Player of the Week.

Head Coach Todd Creal said, “Not a lot of guys at the Division-III level have scored that high as well as captured that many rebounds. We’re very fortunate Deavis transferred in here. His transfer is a testament to his character and work ethic, and not a lot of kids can handle it as well as he has. He’s definitely flourished here. He’s gained extra freedoms to be a leader and shoulder the load. We’re expecting bigger things from him as we go forward.”

Johnson came to MacMurray his junior year after connecting with Coach Creal. He explained his bond with Coach Creal and emphasized the importance Creal had not only on the court but in his personal life as well.

“Coach has been like a father figure to me. Our relationship is not an ordinary coach-player bond. Coach Creal is a strong mentor that helps me through things on and off the court. He gives great advice and is there when I need him,” Johnson said.

During his time at MacMurray Johnson has scored 461 points and 329 rebounds. With a career total of 1,010 points and 764 rebounds, Johnson has already found a spot in the MacMurray record books. These totals are also excluding a semester that Johnson was unable to play due to injury, making these statistics even more incredible. The Highlanders are still scheduled for 12 regular season games and have a great chance to make it into the post season. With plenty of season left to play, Johnson remains on a mission to break several school records.

“Not many people can say they’ve reached this milestone. I wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for Coach and my teammates. They believe in me to take care of the ball and put us in a more sustainable position,” Johnson said.

The Highlanders are currently 6-7 and ranked fourth out of the ten teams in SLIAC. With Johnson continuing to lead the team, they are bound to finish out successfully. Next action for the Highlanders comes Wednesday, Jan. 13th as they travel to take on SLIAC opponent Spalding University.

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