Purdue showing interest in 5'10 Illinois sophomore
The list consists of the nation's No. 1 team at the moment, LSU, plus Kansas State, Arizona, Iowa, Northwestern and Purdue -- all teams showing interest in a 5'10 Olney (IL) sophomore forward who is on target to pass the all-time Illinois state scoring mark by the end of her high school career.
Through two years of competition, Brittany Johnson has 1,784 career points, following her 929 sophomore total that was the 11th highest season total in Illinois history. The career mark of 3,403 has been set by Angie Sapp of Williamsville.
Prolific would be a good description of her scoring abilites. As a sophomore, Johnson made 347-of-652 attempts (.532) from the field, and was 195-of-216 (.903) from the freethrow line. Johnson also set a new state mark for consecutive made freethrows this year by hitting 48 straight. The previous record was 39. She rounded out her game by averaging seven rebounds, three assists and three steals.
This season she was the leading vote-getter for the Class A all-state team by the Associated Press, earning 63 of 65 total points. Her 855 points her freshman season was a state freshman scoring record.
Keeping with the Illinois Class of 2007 "Johnson" theme, former Purdue men's basketball star Russell Cross has a niece at Trinity HS, Lykendra Johnson. Johnson can be a beast at times on the boards, and is a player to watch as one of the best in the Illinois Class of 2007. Trinity lost in sectional play against Fenwick. Russell's daughter, Erica, is a freshman on Trinity. Cross also has another niece playing at Bogan HS, junior Ashley Turner.
Additional names to keep an eye on in the 2007 class in Illinois that have been looked at include 6'2 Devereaux Peters of Fenwick, 5'11 Alison Jackson of Fenwick, 5'9 Tatiana Ortiz of Von Steuben, and 5'8 Latear Eason of Hope.
Helgeson and Mioton to coach this summer
Purdue signees Stephanie Helgeson and Lauren Mioton will be assistant coaches for the Domino's AAU 13-under team for at least part of this coming summer.
Campbell to play in All-Star game
Danielle Campbell was chosen to play in the Chicago Public League all-star basketball game on April 14 at Crane high school. Campbell with play with fellow Whitney Young teammates Erin Dickerson and Candalaya Webster on the North/West All-Star squad. Rosters for the two teams are as follows...
Girls North/West All-Stars
Danielle Campbell, Young
Laura Ciesla, Lane Tech
Jeannie Cook, Lake View
Erin Dickerson, Young
Angela Green, Crane
Britney Jones, Marshall
Jamie Majewicz, Lane Tech
Chantel Mickels, Collins
Latisa Page, Westinghouse
L. Smith, Sullivan
Tatiana Smith, Von Steuben
Christina Vasquez, Taft
Tamesha Ware, Marshall
Candalaya Webster, Young
Girls South/Central All-Stars
Loveree Carter, Vocational
Caandra Davis, Simeon
Jessica Edwards, Hyde Park
Danielle Gant, Curie
Kyesa Gavin, Harlan
Ollie Gillard, Harlan
Delisa Green, Washington
Zellonda Harris, Morgan Park
Lenita Johnson, Vocational
Anna Kowalska, Kennedy
Jamella Sims, Hyde Park
Arianne Wilson, Washington
The game starts at 6:00pm. For ticket information, contact Dorothy Gaters at (773) 534-6471.
"She's a wonderful young lady. Very sweet, very respectful."
Larry Parker, father of Tennessee freshman Candace Parker, on Purdue signee Danielle Campbell.