Canadian PG Alex Johnson transfers to NC State
RALEIGH, NC–Canadian point guard, Alex Johnson formerly of the Cal State Bakersfield Roadrunners has recently transferred to North Carolina State where he will play his senior year.
The Vaughan, Ontario native registered a stat line of 13.3 PPG, 2.4 APG, and 2.7 RPG in the 2010-2011 campaign with the Roadrunners.
Johnson, a 5’10 lead guard credits his AAU coach, [Grassroots Canada] Ro Russell for landing a spot with the Wolfpack.
“My old AAU coach, Ro Russell worked wonders for me…the NC State staff were looking for a point guard and he told them he knew someone who would be a good fit,” explained Johnson.
As for Johnson’s role with the Wolfpack, he explains, “I’m going to take it how it comes.”
“I will provide whatever the coaches want from me…I’ve been in the NCAA for three years, I think I can bring leadership and maturity.”
NC State ended the 2010-2011 season with a 15-16 overall record, 5-11 in a tough ACC conference that features established NCAA programs such as North Carolina, Duke, Florida State and Virginia Tech to name a few.
“I want to make an impact to improve the team and make them better than they were last year,” said Johnson.
Keep tabs on Alex Johnson as he was flying under the radar in previous years.
Reaction on Tristan Thompson and Cory Joseph in the NBA Draft
NPH took the time to ask Johnson about his thoughts on Canadians Tristan Thompson and Cory Joseph being in the NBA draft, [who also played under Russell and the Grassroots Canada program]
“It makes me proud, I saw them this morning in the post game combine interview. I’ve known them since they were little kids, and now they are two of the biggest Canadian stars, it just makes me proud.”
PHOTO COURTESY: ASSOCIATED PRESS/ Matt Ciley