West Brunswick basketball standout to continue career in college

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West Brunswick High School standout Saadiq Johnson became the latest student-athlete to announce his college commitment on Tuesday as the senior became the second Trojans baskeball player this season to get an opportunity to play basketball at the next level.

Saadiq Johnson joined his coach and family for a special moment at school on Tuesday. Photo courtesy- Drew Dull
Saadiq Johnson joined his coach and family for a special moment at school on Tuesday. Photo courtesy- Drew Dull

Johnson will attend Averrett University in Danville, Virginia, an NCAA Division III member of the USA South Athletic Conference. The Cougars went 18-9 overall last season and took a top seed into the conference tournament, with an 11-3 mark in league play under the directon of Matt Parke.

During his time at West Brunswick, Johnson enjoyed tremendous success as a member of the Trojans 2014 team, which advanced to the 3A East Regional. He closed his senior campaign averaging 13.2 points and 3.1 steals per game as one of the top long range shooters and defenders in the area. West Brunswick went 25-4 overall this year and 10-2 in the split 3A/4A Mideastern Conference. After opening the season on a 20-game winning streak, the Trojans shared first place in the regular season standings and advanced to the third round of the state tournament.

Classmate Gray Cheers will also take his talents to Hampden Sydney College for basketball this fall. The Tigers are NCAA Division III, but play in the Old Dominion Conference.

Cheers was 2014 Player of the Year in conference and served as the teams top scorer this season. He averaged 17.4 points and 5.7 rebounds per game.