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Texas A&M Basketball Adds Avery Johnson, Jr.

April 17, 2014
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Courtesy: Texas A&M Athletics
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COLLEGE STATION, Texas – The Texas A&M men’s basketball team announced Thursday the signing of Metroplex standout Avery Johnson, Jr., who will join the program for the upcoming 2014-15 campaign.

“We’re happy to add Avery to our program, he’s a point guard that has gotten better and really developed from the last summer to this spring,” Texas A&M head coach Billy Kennedy said. “He brings quickness and toughness. He also has a great feel for the game along with an ability to score which will add much-needed depth to the position. Being from New Orleans, I watched his father grow on the court from a late bloomer to an NBA player and Avery, Jr. has some of those same traits.”

A 5-foot-11 point guard who hails from Plano, Texas, Johnson played for Anthony Morgan at Plano West High School. As a senior, Johnson helped lead the Wolves to the District 10-5A Championship, contributing 27 points and six rebounds during the district-clinching victory over Allen High School. The Wolves captured a pair of victories in the playoffs before dropping a 75-73 contest to Berkner during the regional quarterfinals, finishing their season with a 22-7 overall record.

Johnson, who is rated as a three-star prospect by 247 Sports, was honored as a first-team All-District 10-5A selection during his final prep season at Plano West after averaging 13.9 points, 3.9 assists and 3.6 rebounds per contest.

In AAU competition, Johnson played for the Texas Titans alongside fellow Texas A&M signee Alex Robinson.

His father, Avery Johnson, Sr., was a 15-year NBA veteran who went on to become the head coach of the Dallas Mavericks (2005-08) and New Jersey Nets (2010-12) following his playing career.

“Both of the players we’ve signed this week come from great high school basketball programs where they have been well-coached,” Kennedy added. “They’re going to be good students in the classroom and we expect them to be big parts of our program as we compete for championships in the seasons to come.”

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