Marshall Player of the Week: AJ Johnson

Position: Guard             Class: Senior           Hometown: Silver Spring, Maryland

Johnson knocked down six 3-pointers en route to 23 points in Saturday’s victory over UAB that snapped a three game losing streak for the Herd. As she has done all season, Johnson displayed confidence in her shooting stroke, letting it fly from beyond the arc with her six made threes coming on 13 total attempts. That unwavering self-confidence has been a staple of Johnson’s game all season as she hasn’t been shy about launching from deep. Johnson is second on the team in scoring at 11 PPG, and has gone 59-185 on 3-point attempts this season for a 31.9 percent shooting clip.

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Johnson’s most valuable skill is her 3-point shooting and her mental makeup doesn’t allow her to get caught up in the shots that aren’t falling. Although she is just 5-foot-5, Johnson has no issues getting her shot off from deep due to her quick release. Also she isn’t confined to a catch-and-shoot role as Johnson’s ball handling and quickness gives her the ability to generate the space to get her shot off in nearly every situation. Her combination of quickness and acceleration also make her effective at jumping passing lanes and coming up with steals on the defensive end where she ranks second on the team this season with 32.

AJ Johnson on her shooting tendencies: “Our coaches just tell us to keep shooting and don’t worry about the ones that you miss. Just keep shooting and the next one is going to go in. They just tell us not to look back and keep pushing forward.”

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