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VC’s Johnson signs to play for NAIA’s Mount Mercy

Male Student Athlete of the Year (David Johnson) David Johnson was named Victoria College’s Male Student Athlete of the Year during VC’s Student Life Awards Banquet on May 3. Pictured with Johnson are Pirates head basketball coach Jesse Ortega, left, and VC Sports Center Coordinator Josh Moore.

Victoria College freshman guard David Johnson has signed a letter-of-intent to play basketball at Mount Mercy University in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

The 6-foot Johnson, who starred at San Antonio Madison High School, helped the Pirates capture the Texas Collegiate Club Sports League title by averaging 15.7 points, 6.8 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 2.2 steals per game.

Mount Mercy is an NAIA Division I school, and competes in the Heart of America Athletic Conference.

“I’m really excited, because I feel like I’m ready to move on to the next level,” said Johnson, who was named VC’s Male Student Athlete of the Year. “I’m doing it for my mom, my dad, my coaches and friends.”

Johnson, who will have three years of eligibility with the Mustangs, said playing for Victoria College helped him get the attention of four-year colleges.

“VC helped me out a lot,” Johnson said. “I sent Mount Mercy some film. The coach liked what he saw, and I committed. I went up there in March to play in open gym, and I signed all the papers.”

“We are excited to have DJ coming in. He is an energetic and explosive player, and we are looking for him to impact our team and games on and off the court,” said Mount Mercy basketball coach Aaron Jennings. “DJ is going to be a tremendous addition to our basketball family.”