Chris Johnson Signs One-Year Contract In Germany
TORONTO, August 19, 2014 – Slan Sports Management is pleased to announce that Chris Johnson has signed a one-year contract with EN Baskets Schwelm of the German Pro B League.
Johnson, a 6’5’’ swingman, is coming off his first professional season with the Glasgow Rocks of the British Basketball League (BBL). He was the team’s 2nd leading scorer averaging 14.3 points, while also adding 4.9 rebounds, 2.8 assists, and 1.0 steal per game. Johnson hit the 20-point mark in 4 of his 13 games. His season was highlighted by a double-double of 19 points and 10 assists against Newcastle on March 23, 2014. Johnson also led the Rocks to a BBL Trophy Finals appearance.
A North Preston, Nova Scotia native, Johnson played his high school basketball at Auburn Drive High School in nearby Cole Harbour. After his Grade 11 year, he transferred to Eastern Commerce Collegiate Institute in Toronto. Johnson then went on to play collegiate basketball for two years at Kilgore College in Texas before transferring to St. Bonaventure University in the NCAA. In his junior season at St. Bonaventure, he helped his team to the Atlantic 10 Conference Championship and an NCAA Tournament appearance. That season, Johnson finished with the 5th best free-throw percentage in school history at 87.7%. In his senior year, he finished 20th in the Atlantic 10 Conference in scoring with 12.6 points per game, and 15th in three-point percentage at 38.0%.
Johnson believes his time in Glasgow helped him adjust to the European style of basketball, and feels poised for a breakout season in Germany.
“It’s an honour to join EN Baskets Schwelm and I am looking forward to getting to Germany,” said Johnson. “I thank God for this blessing and for keeping me around the amazing people in my family who support me and keep me grounded and working hard.”
EN Baskets Schwelm was one of the German Pro B league’s top teams last year, finishing the regular season in third place in the North Division with a 15-7 record and reaching the league semi finals. They hope the acquisition of Johnson will push them over the hump and allow them to compete for a championship in 2015.
“Chris Johnson is exactly the type of player who has been missing from our team,” said Thorsten Morzuch, Head Coach of EN Baskets Schwelm. “He is a strong defender and a versatile attacker with good European experience.”
For more information and individual box scores for Chris throughout the season, visit http://slansportsmanagement.com/chris-johnson.