Johnson is a 4A All-State pick
From Staff Reports
A Morgan City High School boys’ basketball standout during the recently completed season was named an honorable mention selection on the Louisiana Sports Writers Association’s Class 4A All-State squad.
Senior Jalen Johnson was named to the squad after recording per game averages of 17.4 points, 7.2 rebounds, 4.2 assists and 2.3 steals.
Even more impressive for Johnson, he had to overcome a broken ankle suffered during football season and missed the first six games of this past basketball season
“Jalen willed us to win many times this year, and half the season, he did it recovering from an injury that took away some of his quickness,” MCHS coach Jeremy Whittington said. “I challenged Jalen to be a good leader the summer before his senior year and to see what type of team we developed into. Jalen did exactly what I asked of him as a captain.”
Whittington called Johnson a “fierce competitor that absolutely hates losing.”
“He is a four-year starter that has improved every year and deserves a chance to play at the next level,” the MCHS coach said.
Class 4A state champion Peabody High School swept the individual honors as Dee Wagner was named outstanding player and Charles Smith was named coach of the year.
Johnson was not the only local player to make the all-state squad as the Tigers’ District 8-4A foe, Vandebilt Catholic, placed two players on the squad in Lionheart Leslie (second team) and Elijah McGuire (honorable mention), while Ellender also placed two on the squad, Gilbert Talbot (second team) and Houston Chatman (honorable mention).
Leslie averaged 21 points per game, while Talbot put up 23.5 points a contest.
Morgan City was eliminated in the first round of the Class 4A playoffs by St. Augustine, who finished the season as the Class 4A runner-up.