Johnson gets his Homecoming with JDCC
Published 6:21 pm Monday, November 6, 2006
By BY BRUCE HIXON – SPORTS EDITOR
It has been a long trip home for DaWaun Johnson.
More than three years after he last suited up for the T.R. Miller Tigers, Johnson and his basketball skills are back in Brewton, this time with the Jefferson Davis Community College Warhawks.
The 6-0 Johnson averaged 14 points a game during his senior season with the Tigers back in 2002-03, which included a career high 36 in a double-overtime victory over Northview. Johnson was also a deadly free throw shooter, which included one game where he hit 20 of 21 attempts.
Johnson had multiple college offers after his high school career ended and opted for Division I member Austin Peay, which is located in Clarksville, Tenn.
Things did not pan out for Johnson at Austin Peay and he left the school after just one year. Johnson then drifted all the way to West Los Angeles College where he sat out a semester, went to school a semester and then left that school as well.
Johnson's path took him back home to Brewton where he enrolled at JDCC and quickly landed the attention of Warhawks coach Allen Gainer.
Atkinson knows from firsthand experience Johnson's skills have not eroded since he last donned a uniform.
The 6-0, 180-pound Johnson said the defensive part of his game has come around quicker than the offensive side.
Gainer said Johnson brings versatility as well as great physical skills to the court.
Johnson added a couple of his other skills are leadership and commitment.
Johnson said he is glad to be back home again.
this point of my life,” Johnson said.
Johnson, who is majoring in biology, said he would like to get the opportunity to get back to the four-year level.
That is something I'm shooting for, but I'll go wherever God leads me,” Johnson said.