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Purdue Women's Basketball Recruiting

 Kennitra Johnson

[UCONN SID photo]
 CLASS OF: 1999
 SCHOOL: New Albany HS, IN
 HEIGHT AND WEIGHT: 5'7
 POSITION: Point Guard
 98-99 RATINGS: #16 (BS)
 ACADEMICS: Yes
 STATUS: Transfer from UCONN
 AAU TEAM: Southern Indiana Shooters (1998)


PLAYER BIO | PLAYER NEWS | SCOUTING REPORTS | LINKS | GAME STATS | SEASON STATS | HONORS | SCHEDULE

PLAYER BIO

Kennitra Johnson is a point guard prospect that has the perimeter skills to play at the one or two positions. Her versatility, leadership and court awareness is making her a heavily recruited player. Possessing a solid all around game, it isn't uncommon for her to score 20 points on her own, and in the same game dish off an additional 20 points to her teammates. Her athleticism adds to her ability to create her own offense off the dribble.

In high school, some of the schools recruiting Johnson other than Purdue included Connecticut, Vanderbilt, Tennessee and Notre Dame. Penn State also tried to get involved.

As a high school sophomore, Johnson averaged 17.8 points, 5.1 rebounds, 5.1 assists and 5.0 steals for 21-3 New Albany. She was named to the sectional, regional and semi-state all-tournament teams.

As a high school freshman, Johnson averaged 16.0 points, 5.6 rebounds, 5.8 assists, and 5.0 steals for 20-3 New Albany. She was named to the sectional, regional, and semi-state all-tournament teams as a freshman starter.


PLAYER NEWS

7-27-01...Three years ago, Kennitra Johnson was fairly certain she would be a Boiler. Then Carolyn Peck left Purdue for a position in the WNBA, sending Johnson to Connecticut instead. After two years at Connecticut, Johnson is transferring and Purdue seems to have the advantage in landing the all-american guard. Johnson will have to sit out a year at a new school, then will have two years of eligibility remaining. Keep an eye out for an official announcement from the UCONN SID, which will indicate when Johnson is released from her scholarship and when Purdue can make contact with her.

7-26-01...Reactivating the Kennitra Johnson profile.

9-21-98...The Purdue women have lost their first recruit due to the Peck move to the WNBA next year. Kennitra Johnson, who had Purdue way out in front of other schools until Peck announced she was leaving, has veballed to UCONN. Johnson is friends with UCONN's Tamika Williams, who also was a target of Purdue last year.

9-18-98...Purdue visited the home of Kennitra Johnson on Friday.

7-16-98...Kennitra may be looking seriously at a new school, UCONN. UCONN staff reportedly notified her that they were interested in watching her at the Nike Camp. In a recent Journal and Courier interview, Johnson said the choice of a new head coach at Purdue would determine if she continues to look at the Boilers. If the Athletic Department does wait as planned until next spring to hire a new coach, it may be too long of a wait for Johnson and many other prospects in the rising senior class.

6-21-98...A scouting report on Kennitra from the Junior All-Star game against the Senior All-Stars last Wednesday..."Kennitra Johnson. Best player on the floor. Can defend, shoot, pass, create. Didn't play much. Rumor has it she's not particularly coachable. Absolutely DESTROYED April Traylor of Martinsville." (scouting report by RMKFAN)

6-18-98...Nine points wasn't enough to overcome the Senior All-Star team on Wednesday. The Junior All-Stars fell to the Seniors 92-71 in Mount Vernon. Kennitra and company will again play the Seniors next Wednesday in Noblesville. For more info on the game, follow this link to the Events page. (stats below)

6-17-98...Kennitra has narrowed her list to three...Purdue, Tennessee and Vanderbilt.

6-16-98...Here's a scouting report from Brian Sullivan on Johnson's recent performances against equally tough competition in the 1998 17-under AAU state championship games..."Let me preface this by saying I am from New Albany, graduated from New Albany, and remain an avid New Albany sports fan...For some time the race for Miss Basketball next season has been shaping up as a battle between Kennitra Johnson and April McDivitt. As recently as February I waffled and gave the slight edge to McDivitt. In the past, I argued for Johnson because of slightly better accomplishments team-wise and statistically during the winter. Connersville fans countered with April's AAU honors. Now I don't put too much stock in summer ball, and don't feel that it should have any bearing on Miss Basketball. All it's good for is recruiting and All-American stuff. But using the argument of McDivitt's supporters, I offer this. On Friday night, Indiana's Finest Black took on the Southern Indiana Shooters in the 17 and Under state semifinals over at Plainfield Middle School. McDivitt guarded Johnson virtually the entire game. The Shooters spent a lot of time in a zone, but when they went man-to-man Kennitra spent her fair share of time shading McDivitt. The results? Johnson had 33 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists, and 3 steals. McDivitt had 15 points, 1 rebound, 8 assists, and 3 steals. Johnson also had two fewer turnovers. More important, the Shooters won by a basket. This was especially immpressive since Indiana's Finest had six girls on their roster rated among the top 50 in the state by Hoosier Basketball Magazine, versus just one for the Shooters.
Call me a biased fan if you want. But head-to-head, one-on-one, Johnson outscored McDivitt 24-0. McDivitt only managed to squeeze off a single shot with Johnson on her. Johnson, meanwhile, hit four threes on McDivitt and used the dribble move to blow past her for five layups and a pull up jumper. It was no contest on this night.
For good measure, Johnson and Kelly Komara squared off in the state finals the next morning. This time, Johnson had a triple double (22 points, 10 rebounds, 10 assists) along with 4 steals. Komara could only manage 9 points, 2 rebounds, 0 assists, and 2 steals. Most telling was the sequence in the first half where Johnson picked off a Komara pass, then drove past her for a layup on the other end. Moments later she stripped Komara of the ball as she drove the lane. The next time down, Johnson took a charge on Komara. She became so frustrated that she levelled a girl on a pick on the other end and was taken out of the game. To her credit, she did get the steal that saved the game as Mohr Magic won 74-70. Keep in mind, however, that their roster had TEN top 100 selections on the roster to THREE for the Shooters. In both instances, Johnson kept her team in games against older (grade-wise), more touted, and more talented players. And she completely dominated Miss Basketball present and the her top competition for the award next year." (game summary by Brian Sullivan)

2-21-98...#7 New Albany was defeated in the sectional finals by #6 Jeffersonville 60-52.

2-17-98...New Albany finished the 97-98 regular season ranked #7 in the final poll by the Indiana Coaches of Girls Sports Association.

2-11-98...New Albany head coach Angie Hinton and her staff are trying to isolate Kennitra from the recruiting pressure as much as they can, letting her concentrate on her first SAT attempt coming up this spring. Her grades are very good. "Right now we are just taking a lot of unofficial visits, trying to get a feel for what it's like to play on that level," said Hinton. "She wants to be a decent distance from home. Far enough to feel like she's away from home, yet close enough to be able to go home." Johnson has not eliminated any schools at this time. Both Purdue and Vanderbilt have offered her scholarships.

1-06-98...A game summary from the matchup of #4 Jeffersonville and #9 New Albany..."I've got to say that the Jeffersonville win at New Albany was the best girls game I've seen since the Washington vs. Carmel Final Four game back in 1995. The fourth quarter was absolutely draining for the teams and fans and there were five of the most spectacular individual performances put on that you could hope to see. New Albany didn't put on their most aggressive fullcourt pressure during the first half, and Jeff was able to slip past it with no problem. Once in the halfcourt, Jeff's guards took advantage of the double and sometimes triple teaming that New Albany used on Mary Jo Noon. With the guards hitting like crazy, Jeff took a twelve point lead at halftime. New Albany really turned the screws on the Devils in the second half, though, rallying from what became a 14 point deficit to actually go ahead by one with two minutes left. Jeff was able to slip back ahead by four before Kennitra Johnson cut it to two with a layup. On the ensuing possession, N.A. forced another turnover and held for the last shot. Johnson had a decent look from about eight feet to send it to overtime, but it JUST rimmed away and Noon rebounded for the win. Noon, despite the defense being packed in on her, finished with 16 points and 16 rebounds. Shelley Broughton had 18 and Sara Nord (who is likely the top sophomore guard in the state) had 19 points and 8 assists. Those two combined for 14-18 shooting from the field, including 7-9 from long range. For New Albany, Johnson had 34 points (breaking the career scoring record along the way), 5 rebounds, 6 assists, and 3 steals, while sophomore Abby Scharlow scored 25 on 6-6 three pointers. Unfortunately for New Albany, they were hampered by an injury bug that wiped out their entire frontline. Center Jessy Dablow was in a shoulder harness for a muscle tear (I believe) as well as in a soft cast for a hand injury. Forward Lacy Farris played only about six minutes after not being expected to even dress because of a deep thigh bruise. And on one of the first possessions of the second half, second leading scorer and leading rebounder Kristin Traub was sent to the floor and injured her tailbone, which kept her on the bench the remainder of the game. All and all, the injuries meant several of New Albany's less experienced players had to see significant minutes, which hurt them in that game but could wind up being of definite benefit down the line. It was the fifth time in the last six games of this series that the game came down to the final shot in regulation. It also sets the stage for an incredible rematch in the sectionals." (game summary by Brian Sullivan)
In attendance were a handful of Purdue representatives. Kelly Komara and parents drove down for the game, as did members of the Purdue coaching staff. Kelly Komara's mother turns out to be best friends with New Albany's Abbey Scharlow's (25 points, 6-6 threes) mother. The Purdue staff was both scouting Johnson and supporting Noon.


SCOUTING REPORTS

RMKFAN from the Junior All-Star game against the Senior All-Stars..."Kennitra Johnson. Best player on the floor. Can defend, shoot, pass, create. Didn't play much. Rumor has it she's not particularly coachable. Absolutely DESTROYED April Traylor of Martinsville." 6/21/98


LINKS
  • UCONN transfer high on Boilers [Journal and Courier]



    SINGLE GAME STATISTICS

    DATE MIN FGA FGM FTA FTM 3GA 3GM RB AS BK ST PTS
    06/30/98   7 25         6     6 19
    06/29/98                     5 26
    06/28/98                 9   6 20
    06/28/98               6     6 41
    06/27/98                     10 28
    06/17/98   4 9 0 1 1 3   3     9
    06/13/98               10 10   4 22
    06/12/98               4 3   3 33
    02/21/98   9 24 9 9 2 7         29
    02/17/98                       13
    01/06/98               5 6   3 34
    12/05/97   11 12 3 4     8       27
    02/22/97   10 30 0 0 1 6   3     21
    02/21/97                     5 18
    12/05/96   5 14 5 6     8       15



    SEASON TO DATE STATISTICS

    SEASON MIN PPG FG% FT% 3P% RPG APG BPG SPG RECORD
    2000→2001 17.9 5.7 .418 .667 .323 1.4 1.9 0.2 1.6 32-3
    1999→2000 22.4 7.2         2.5   2.0 36-1
    1998→1999   21.0       4.0 5.0   5.0  
    1997→1998   16.9       4.5 6.7   6.0 20-3
    1996→1997   17.8     5.1 5.1   5.0   21-3
    1995→1996   16.0       5.6 5.8 5.0   20-3



    AWARDS AND HONORS

    98-99 season
  • All-State First Team (AP)
  • All-State First Team (ICGSA)
  • All-American First Team (Parade)
  • MVP of WBCA All-American game
    97-98 season
  • All-State First Team (AP)
  • All-State First Team (ICGSA)
  • All-Conference First Team
  • Preseason All-State First Team (Hoosier Basketball)
  • All-State Second Team (Louisville Courier Journal)
  • Indiana Junior All-Star Core Team selection
  • Southern Indiana Shooters AAU - #2 in Indiana
    96-97 season
  • All-State First Team (Hoosier Basketball)
  • All-State First Team (ICGSA)
  • All-Hoosier Hills First Team
  • All-State (Louisville Courier Journal)
  • All-State (Indianapolis Star)
  • Sectional, Regional and Semi-State All-Tournament team
  • Southern Indiana Shooters AAU - #2 in Indiana
  • US Junior National Select - 3rd place
    95-96 season
  • All-State Honorable Mention (Hoosier Basketball)
  • All-Hoosier Hills First Team
  • Sectional, Regional and Semi-State All-Tournament team
  • Southern Indiana Shooters AAU - #4 in Indiana



    1997-98 SEASON SCHEDULE FOR NEW ALBANY
    Date Day Time Opponent ---- --- ---- -------------------- 11/20/97 THR W Silver Creek 11/22/97 SAT W @ Corydon Central 12/02/97 TUE W @ Providence 12/04/97 THR W Bedford North Lawrence 12/06/97 SAT W Indianapolis Chatard 12/11/97 THR W Scottsburg 12/13/97 SAT W @ Jennings County 12/18/97 THR W Charlestown 12/20/97 SAT W Evansville Harrison 12/27/97 SAT W @ Crown Point Tourney 01/04/98 SUN W @ Floyd Central 01/06/98 TUE L Jeffersonville 01/08/98 THR W @ Clarksville 01/10/98 SAT W @ Evansville Reitz 01/15/98 THR L Columbus East 01/17/98 SAT W @ Austin 01/29/98 THR W Seymour 02/06/98 FRI W @ Madison 02/07/98 SAT W North Harrison 02/09/98 MON W Austin 02/17/98 TUE W Sectional vs Floyd Central 02/20/98 FRI 7:30P W Sectional vs Jennings County 02/21/98 SAT L Sectional Final vs Jeffersonville * Times not available * * To confirm game time call New Albany HS *

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