Donovan Johnson Signs National Letter of Intent with Cal State Northridge


 Northridge, Ca.Donovan Johnson, a highly-recruited shooting guard, has decided to cast his future with Cal State Northridge. The 6-foot-3, 180-pounder has signed a National Letter of Intent with the Matador basketball program, according to CSUN head coach Bobby Braswell.

   "We feel very blessed to have Donovan in the Matador program," said Braswell. "He is a 6-foot-3 wing player who brings a tremendous amount of scoring and athleticism. He is going to be a tremendous addition to the Matador program."

   Johnson has shown dramatic improvement during his previous three seasons at Palisades High School. In 2008-09 as a freshman with the Dolphins, Johnson averaged only 3.5 points per game on 34 percent shooting. In 2009-10, Johnson's statistics improved dramatically. Johnson averaged 14 points per game on 47 shooting percent. His efforts garnered him Los Angeles All-City second team honors.

   In 2010-11 as a junior at Palisades High School, Johnson's statistics continued to improve. Johnson averaged 16.2 points, 4.2 rebounds, three assists and three steals per game to gain Los Angeles All-City honors along with being the MVP of the highly-competitive Western League.

   Johnson scored in double figures in 28 of the team's 32 games last season. That included a season-high 30 points (11-for-14 from the floor) against Westchester High School, 28 points against Eisenhower HS, 26 points against Crenshaw HS and 23 points (9-for-11 from the floor) against Junipero High School.

   "I liked the bond that all of the players and the coaching staff have with each other," said Johnson, who is expected to be one of the top scorers in the Los Angeles City Section in 2011-12. "They're just not a basketball team but also a family and that means a lot. I'm really looking forward to playing next year (at CSUN) and becoming a Matador."