Lasani Johnson is going the way of basketball and already making a name for himself at Bishop Dunne high school. The Junior scored an average of 29.3 points last month during the Dallas ISD/Coca-Cola Tournament, and has already broken his school’s record by scoring 63 points in an overtime game against Copperas Cove.
“I didn’t think I had that many,” says Johnson who is modest as ever. “I was really, really focused on just winning the game.” Lasani comes from athletic roots as his father, Larry Johnson, once played for the NBA. During his career, Larry played for the Charlotte ‘Hornets’ where he was selected to start in the league’s All-Star Game. The former athlete also played for the New York ‘Knicks’ and averaged around 16 points per game.
Lasani is already being sought out by college scouts with one recruiter telling his coach, “I’m sold.” Michael Alfers, Lasani’s coach, isn’t much surprised explaining to media, “He’s the definition of a competitor. He practically treats every practice like it’s the state championship game. You can tell that basketball fuels him.”
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