Johnson headed to Lafayette College on scholarship

By: Matt Long
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Tony Johnson got a big weight off his shoulders before his final high school basketball season starts. The senior point guard accepted a full scholarship to attend Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania. Johnson, who helped lead Folsom High to a section championship last season, is thrilled to have his future set. "I went to visit and I liked the school and the facilities and they also offered me the opportunity to play right away," Johnson said. "I'm going to be at worst their second point guard next season and that's exciting. It's a great school and the coaches are great." Johnson's current coach, Mike Wall, is proud of his star player for landing a scholarship. "It's couldn't happen to a better kid," Wall said. "I think Lafayette made a great choice. I see Tony getting better as he gets older and matures more. He always seems to meet the level of competition no matter how hard it is. "I also think Tony made a great choice. Lafayette is a great school that plays in a great league and they have a great basketball program. I think he'll flourish there." Lafayette coach Fran O'Hanlon is as happy to land a player of Johnson's caliber, as Johnson is as happy to find a school like Lafayette. "Tony's a terrific young man and that came across during our recruitment of him," O'Hanlon said. "He's also an excellent basketball player. He's excellent as far as leading a team, shooting the basketball and making plays." As Johnson said, he'll likely get an opportunity to play early in his career at Lafayette. The team loses Andrew Brown, it's four-year starting point guard to graduation this year, which opens a big hole in their lineup. "We need a point guard," O'Hanlon said. "Tony's exactly what we were looking for." Johnson initially wanted to stay in California, but the opportunity to get a free education and play early on in his career led him to Lafayette. "It just made sense to me," Johnson said. "I figured the cold weather was worth a full-ride scholarship and the opportunity to play early." Johnson plans to study economics and business at the small Division I private school from the Patriot League. "There's only 2,500 students there, but Lehigh University is only a few miles down the road, so there will be a lot of college students around and that will add to the college atmosphere."