Johns receives honor
Joel R. Paramo
March 21, 2007
Filed under Sports
Bakersfield College basketball player Terrance Johns earned the title of co-state player of the year. He finished the season with an average of 22.7 points per game.
“It feels very great to have received this honor,” said Johns. “There wasn’t a game I wasn’t ready to play, a game I wasn’t ready to win.”
Johns scored 1,424 points and was named MVP of the Western State Conference.
“He was one of the best scorers I’ve ever coached in 11 years of college basketball. He is one of the toughest competitors I know,” said BC coach Rich Hughes. “He was able to separate himself from other people in the state, he earned this title with his own God-given ability.”
Johns helped the Renegades earn the No. 1 ranking in the state for almost all of last season.
“He’s a very strong athletic guard that is capable of scoring around the perimeter as well as at the basket,” said Hughes.
Johns feels as though he has helped fuel the passion that lead the men to playoffs; team members feeding off the energy he put out. They would pump each other up before their games.
“They saw that I was coming out with my game, my fighting skills,” said Johns. “Everyone would adapt it to themselves, we were on a winning streak. We had to defend our No. 1 spot.”
They went into playoffs but lost 92-91 to Santa Ana, ending their season.
Currently Johns is focusing on his academics.
“If I’m going to be successful I have to get my education and graduate,” said Johns. “Don’t get me wrong, I’m still practicing.”
According to Hughes, they’re looking at five or six Division 1 one schools.
“They’re actively trying to recruit him,” said Hughes.
“We’re going to visit a few of them and will be making a decision in April or May.”