Alize DeShawn Johnson (born April 22, 1996) is an American college basketball player for the Missouri State Bears.

EARLY YEARS

Johnson was born in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. As a freshman at St. John Neuman Regional Academy Johnson was a physically underwhelming 5-foot 9-inch point guard. By the time his high school days were over, however, Johnson had grown to 6 feet 4 inches while turning in a fairly decorated career along the way; winner of Mr. Pennsylvania Basketball in 2014. Despite leading his team to a 30–1 record while averaging 24.1 points, 15.0 rebounds and 6.3 assists per game, Johnson had no Division 1 offers after his senior year, with only a little bit of interest from St, Peters and St. Francis.

 

COLLEGE CAREER

Because of Johnson’s lack of Division p-I offers he attended Frank Phillips College for his freshman and sophomore years. He then transferred to Missouri State University to finish his athletic and academic career.

Junior year

On November 11, 2016, Johnson scored 20 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in a 91–65 win over Jacksonville State, and on December 14, 2016, he scored 20 points and recorded 16 rebound in a ten-point win over Oral Roberts. Later that month on December 30 Johnson scored a career-high 30 points on 50% shooting and grabbed 14 rebounds in a 81–75 overtime win over Indiana State. Johnson finished 2016–17 with 17 double-doubles scoring 20 or more points in nine games and grabbing 10+ rebounds in twenty-two games including a stretch in January of ten straight 10+ rebounds. Also Johnson had 20 or more rebounds twice and one thirty-point game, including a 21-rebound effort in February. He was named to the MVC All-Tournament team.

On April 21, 2017, Johnson declared for the 2017 NBA draft; however Johnson did not hire an agent allowing him to return for his senior season. This move was most likely to receive feedback from NBA teams to see the interest. On May 15, 2017, Johnson was invited for a private workout with the Boston Celtics. Prior to the draft Johnson withdrew his name from the draft and will return to MSU for his senior year.

Senior year

Prior to the 2017–18 Johnson was invited to the Adidas Nations basketball camp with the likes of Michael Porter Jr. and other top level NBA talent. Johnson was named Most Valuable Player in the camp over these players and thus improved his draft stock and multiple NBA teams took notice. Mock drafts had Johnson in the middle to late first round and others beginning of the second round prior to the season.

College career statistics

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2016–17 Missouri State 33 33 30.2 .488 .388 .667 10.6 1.9 .6 .1 15.1

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