RAHS grad makes school history at USF


Johnson, a 2013 graduate of Roseville Area High School and current USF athlete, was named first-team Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference at the end of the season. (submitted photos)

Athletic programs at the University of Sioux Falls in South Dakota have competed at the NCAA Division II level for five seasons. Mack Johnson plays on the USF men’s basketball team and put together the top individual season in the Cougars’ Division II era.

Johnson, a 2013 graduate of Roseville Area High School, was named first-team Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference at the end of the season. He becomes the men's basketball team's first first-team all-conference selection since USF moved up to Division II.

“This is a well-deserved honor for Mack, who is the leader of our team,” USF head coach Chris Johnson said in a release. “He has really stepped up this year, taking charge in games and helping us to the most successful year in the Division II era.”

Johnson led Sioux Falls in scoring at 17.5 points per game and his 525 points this season were the most in the Division II era. 

The Cougars benefitted from Johnson’s play this season and finished with 17 victories, the most in the Division II era. They also won a conference tournament game for the first time since moving to the NSIC and their 11 regular-season conference victories were more than twice as many as a season ago.

Johnson finished 10th in the nation in Division II in free-throw percentage at 89.6. Among his single-game free-throw efforts this season was a 16-for-16 game against Upper Iowa in early December and a 10-for-10 game against Minnesota Duluth in the playoffs.

He shot 48.2 percent from the field and 39.6 percent from three-point land. He averaged 3.8 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 1.4 steals per game. He scored in double digits in all but three games and reached 30 points or more twice. His single-game high is 39, which he got in the Upper Iowa game.

With one season left, Johnson has 1,179 career points and is 18th on the USF all-time scoring list. 

While at Roseville, Johnson became the all-time leading scorer and also holds the single-game scoring record. He was all-state and all-metro as a senior.

 

Brian Meyers can be reached at bmeyers@lillienews.com or 651-748-7819. Follow him on Twitter @BMeyersNews

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