The season for the East Lansing boys basketball team didn’t quite last as long as Brandon Johns would have liked..
But while it lasted, Johns was pleased with what he and his teammates accomplished on the court.
The accomplishments were plentiful for the Trojans, who had the school’s first unbeaten regular season in more than 50 years while winning the outright CAAC Blue title. And there was a Class A district title and finishing No. 3 in the state rankings that also were part of that success..
Johns was one of the reasons East Lansing accomplished those things and is a part of the Associated Press Class A all-state first team.
The 6-foot-7 Johns averaged a double-double for the Trojans, who ended the season with a 23-1 record. Johns averaged 19.7 points, 10.3 rebounds, 2.9 blocks and 1.9 steals during the perfect regular season. He shot 52 percent from the field and knocked down 45 3s.
“He’s not one-dimensional,” East Lansing coach Steve Finamore said. “He’ll do a lot of different things for you. I’ve never seen anyone at his size do so many things at the high school level.”
Johns felt he was more aggressive on the court this season, but also believes it’s an area where he can still grow.
“I don’t really think I had a hunger for the ball or aggressiveness (as a freshman),” Johns said. “I think this year it skyrocketed. That was a major part of my game that improved this year.
“(But) I definitely chose the times to be aggressive, which is not good. I think I should be aggressive all 32 minutes. I hate to say that I should have done this or I should have done that, but if I was more aggressive the whole game, it would have been a better turnout for us and for me.”
Haslett’s Brandon Allen, who became the school’s career scoring leader in February, was named second team all-state. Allen averaged 24.2 points, 3.1 assists, 2.0 steals and made 69 3s during the regular season for the Vikings.
Cassius Winston, who was named the state’s Mr. Basketball this week and is signed with Michigan State, was voted the AP Class A player of the year.
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