ASHEVILLE, N.C. - Union College men's basketball player Deante Johnson (Cincinnati, Ohio) has been named the Appalachian Athletic Conference's Men's Basketball Player of the Week for the period ending Feb. 2, the league announced Monday.
This marks the second time on the 2013-14 season that Johnson has won the AAC's Player of the Week award, as he captured the honor on Nov. 18.
Johnson, a junior forward, was dominant in three games last week, averaging 26.7 points a contest as the Bulldogs went 3-0 to push their record on the year to 20-3 overall, 12-1 in the AAC. Union is also currently riding a 10-game winning streak.
Johnson started the week off with a 16 point effort against Hiwassee (Tenn.) on Monday, as the Bulldogs rolled to an 89-52 victory. On Thursday against Milligan (Tenn.), the Cincinnati native had a career night, pouring in 33 points, while snatching 16 rebounds (both career-highs), as the Bulldogs walked away with a 102-94 win.
It was more of the same for Johnson on Saturday at Tennessee Wesleyan, scoring a game-high 31 points and grabbed 13 rebounds, as the Bulldogs won their 10th straight conference game, 88-74. With his consecutive double-double, Johnson has now notched 11 double-doubles for his career.
For the year, Johnson leads the Bulldogs in both scoring (15.2 point per game) and rebounding (7.2 'boards per game) and is one of the top shooters in the entire country, ranking second overall in field goal percentage in NAIA Division II at 67.3 percent.
Johnson and the rest of the Union men's basketball team returns to action this evening, hosting Virginia Intermont in an AAC-tilt at Robsion Arena. Tip-off is set for 7:30 p.m.