Before heading to Snyder to play for Western Texas College, Shane Johnson has one final high school game to lace up for.
The Shoemaker graduate will play for the North All-Stars in the Texas High School Coaches Association’s All-Star Basketball Game on Monday at the Alamo Convention Center in San Antonio. The all-star teams are comprised of players from all classifications across the state.
The game tips off at 7 p.m. and will be held in conjunction with THSCA’s Coaching School and Convention in San Antonio Sunday through Wednesday.
As a senior, Johnson averaged 15 points, nine rebounds and four assists per game while helping Shoemaker finish second in District 8-5A. Shoemaker nearly pulled off an upset of No. 5 South Grand Prairie in the first round of the playoffs. Johnson spoke with the Herald’s Albert Alvarado about preparing for the all-star game and his upcoming freshman season.
What have you been up to this summer?
Not too much since I’ve been sick lately, but it’s not going to keep me from it. I’ll be good by the time the game starts.
What aspects of your game have you worked on this spring and summer?
I’ve been really working on my defense more than anything and shooting. My shot has gotten a little better.
How excited are you for the all-star game next week?
I’m excited. It still hasn’t processed through my head about how big it is. But I’m really excited.
Have you gotten acquainted with your THSCA teammates or coaches?
I haven’t met my teammates, but the coaches called me about two weeks ago. An assistant and the head coach (Jaime Boswell, San Angelo Central). It was cool, it was a ‘how have you been all summer’ stuff. They’re ready to meet me so it was cool.
Will you approach this differently from other high school games?
I’m ready to get back into that, get back used to it. I’m going o approach it the same way as I’ve been playing. Every game is the same way.
Have you set goals for the all-star game?
I’m just looking to win and have fun. If I score a lot, I score a lot, I just want to have fun and win.