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Posted On: 06/28/18 7:39 AM
What a run Impact Christian made a year ago in Class 2A.
The Lions reached the state tournament in its first year of district play, finishing 15-15 overall and losing to back to back 2A champion Miami Christian 59-46 in the state title game.
2021 guard/forward Calvin Johnson has been a big part of the Impact Christian development the past two years. Johnson, a 6’4″, 172-pounder played as an 8th grader and only increased his abilities last season.
“My freshmen year was a good one for me. I got a lot of playing time and started a couple of games but my defensive intensity is what got me there,” Johnson told Prep Hoops. “Some games I scored 15 points other games I made plays for my teammates and I think being able to play defense brought my confidence up more than when I scored.
It felt good knowing that it was hard for the opposite team to score sometimes. I had to guard the other teams’ best player when I started but I felt like I did my job. I had a pretty good year for my first year.”
This summer, Johnson is running with the 15U Teams Parsons Adidas Gold Gauntlet team. It his first year with the program.
“It’s going well. I feel like we have a very good team but it’s our first year together so we make a couple mistakes but I feel like we have the pieces to go far,” he said.
No offers or interest have come yet for the rising sophomore.
Johnson pointed to his defense, ability to make plays for others, finish around the basket and his jumper as his biggest strengths.
Always active on both ends of the floor, it is refreshing to see a young player like Johnson take pride in his defensive game. His offense is coming along and he’s certainly a reliable piece for Team Parsons. Heading into July, he’s slowly getting better overall and looking like a breakout candidate in Jacksonville this fall.