NS In-Depth: North Side’s Brandan Johnson

Brandan Johnson, a senior at North Side, has achieved a lot during his four years as a varsity starter for the Legends (and Redskins before that). In December, he became the first ever four year starter to finish his Summit Athletic Conference Holiday Tournament career unbeaten with four titles.

From the time he was a freshman, Johnson developed a reputation as being one of the strongest defenders in the area. Not necessarily full of flash, Johnson’s fundamental defense was a catalyst in those many tournament titles as well as a run to the state championship game in Class 4A in 2016. As he continued to develop as a scorer and all around player, Johnson caught the eye of a lot of coaches, eventually signing with Fort Wayne’s own Saint Francis.

WHO: Brandan Johnson

SCHOOL: North Side

CLASS: Senior

HOMETOWN: Fort Wayne, IN

HEIGHT: 6’2″

POSITION: Point Guard

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THE BUZZ ON BRANDAN

• THE PLAYER — Brandan on Brandan: “Humble beast.”

• THE COACH — North Side’s Shabaz Khaliq on Brandan: “BJ is a tremendous young man who has done everything that we have asked of him. He will leave North Side as one of the hardest working players to ever wear a Redskins/Legends uniform. Any challenge that we place in front of him, he accepts without complaint. His game has grown throughout his career here at North. BJ epitomizes what a Legend truly is, we have been blessed to have him.”

• THE OPPOSING COACH — Wayne’s Aaron Rehrer on Brandan: “He is one of the best on ball defenders in the area. I think that he has improved tremendously in his four years at North. His ability to take away a team’s scorer and ability to drive creates opportunities for his teammates.”

• THE EXPERT AMPHIBIAN — News-Sentinel.com’s Shooter on Brandan: “From the moment I saw Johnson play as a freshman, I was enthralled with his defensive potential. You could tell in how he positioned his body and how he moved his hands that he just ‘got it.’ That is something you don’t see in a lot of kids defending the ball in Fort Wayne and certainly not as a freshman. Over the years, it has just gotten better. Brandan Johnson is a difference maker.”

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THE RECRUITING TRAIL

College choice: Saint Francis

What are you looking for in a college?: I’m looking for a great 4 years of school, basketball, and fun. Getting a degree in whatever I study and be set after college.

Recruited b: Thomas Moore College, Goshen, UNOH

When you knew you’d have a chance to play college basketball: My junior year

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ALL ABOUT BRANDAN

Nickname: bgreat

I can’t be beat at: spoons or 2k

Biggest fear: birds

Pet peeve: annoying people

Best vacation spot: my room

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IN THE GYM

Favorite opponent: myself

Favorite gym: North Side

High school playing goal: win state

College playing goal: win a national championship

Occupation, if not basketball: physician assistant

Favorite Coach Khaliq quote: “Ball game”

Biggest sports thrill I’ve participated in: State game

Biggest sports thrill I’ve witnessed: Oosha Mitchell game winner in the holiday tourney

Favorite pro team: Lakers

Favorite current athlete: Stephen Curry

Sports hero: Kobe Bryant

First trophy was for: Participation

If you could play 1-on-1 with anyone: Kelly Oubre

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THE FAVORITES

Favorite musician: Lil Durk

Favorite meal: Wing

Favorite dessert: ice cream

favorite ice cream: Chocolate

Favorite candy: Mike and Ike

Favorite movie: Ali

Actor: Martin Lawrence

Teacher at North Side: Bittner

TV show: Baby Daddy

Cartoon as a kid: Fairly Odd Parents

Color: Gray

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FAMILY

Favorite thing to do with mom: Eat good

Favorite thing to do with dad: Talk

Number of siblings: 5

Favorite thing to do with siblings: play/joke around. hoop.

Best advice my parents have ever given me: You don’t know everything!

Future family is big or small: big. lots of kids

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HISTORY

If you could go back in time to witness one event: Michael Jordan’s 5th championship

If you could meet anyone: Caitlyn Jenner

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THE IN-DEPTH ARCHIVE

NS In-Depth: North Side’s Brandan Johnson

NS In-Depth: Concordia Lutheran’s Carissa Garcia

NS In-Depth: Bishop Dwenger’s Hayden Smithey

NS In-Depth: Snider’s Hannah Barnes

NS In-Depth: Leo’s Jeremy Davison

NS In-Depth: South Adams’ Lexi Dellinger

NS In-Depth: Blackhawk Christian’s Caleb Furst

NS In-Depth: Central Noble’s Meleah Leatherman

NS In-Depth: Snider’s Keondre Brown

NS In-Depth: Homestead’s Kara Gealy

NS In-Depth: DeKalb’s Leigha Brown

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