Ashburn, Va. — Broad Run High School senior Drew Johnson has decided to continue his basketball career at The University of Mary Washington starting in the 2017-2018 academic year.
“I really enjoy the area and when I was given the opportunity to play basketball there, I was extremely thankful. I knew Mary Washington was a great school from the start because my brother went there,” Johnson said. “Both of my brothers have been great role models in my life. I see how hard they work in everything they do, and it has always made me want to work harder. My whole family keeps me motivated by always supporting me which is awesome.”
The University of Mary Washington is a public university located in Fredericksburg, Virginia. The Division III Eagles’ men’s basketball team is led by head coach Marcus Kahn and assisted by Mark Sansone along with Mike Harris.
“It feels great being committed,” Johnson said. “I no longer have to worry about what I’m going to do next year, and now I can solely focus on the rest of this school year. I plan to add a desire to win to the team and the ability to stretch the floor while playing multiple positions.”
The 6-foot-4 shooting guard has been playing basketball for twelve years. In those twelve years, he was named second team All-Conference 14 as a sophomore, first team All-Conference 14 as a junior, and second team All-Conference 14 as a senior after not playing a conference game due to injury.
“My injury did have some effects on my recruiting process,” Johnson said. “It definitely made some teams look the other way when they saw I was injured, but I am happy with the decision I made to go to Mary Washington. My coaches, John Costello and Kent Kling, both helped me become a better basketball player throughout all the years I have played for them. They have had a lot of impact on me and have influenced me as a player.”
Over the past three seasons, the future Eagle has been a huge part of the Broad Run boys basketball team. The Spartans finished this past season 14-11 while Johnson played in just nine games. During that nine-game stretch, Johnson paced Broad Run, averaging a team high 19.6 points per game.
“I would’ve hoped for better outcomes for the three years I was on the varsity team, but I had a great time every year,” Johnson said. “I hope the boys pick up right where we left off this year, and the returning guys lead the team further than last year.”