Among the many names within the 2020 girls’s basketball recruiting class was one barely lesser recognized: Diamond Johnson-a powerful 5-5 guard from Philadelphia who was named Gatorade Pennsylvania Ladies Basketball Participant of the 12 months, not as soon as however twice. To the informal basketball fan, she isn’t fairly the family identify…but.
After attending Rutgers her freshman 12 months, the place she was a 50-40-90 participant and earned Second Crew All-Massive Ten honors and made the Massive Ten All-Freshman Crew, Johnson transferred to NC State, the place she earned ACC Sixth Participant of the 12 months as a sophomore and All-ACC Second Crew honors final 12 months as a junior.
On the finish of final season, she entered the switch portal once more, this time for a brand new problem.
She selected to lace them up for Norfolk State College, the reigning MEAC common season and match champions, and as excited as she is to expertise the HBCU tradition firsthand, she made it clear this was a basketball choice.
“They’ve numerous good coaches on that degree, and so they develop gamers. That was necessary for me this time round,” Johnson tells me. Johnson hopes her choice will lead extra women to weigh HBCUs as reputable choices to additional their careers and obtain their objectives. Her sights are set on the WNBA, and plenty of mock drafts have her projected as a possible first-round decide. Anybody who’s sensible wouldn’t wager in opposition to her.
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