Aug. 6, 2013
DEN BOSCH, Holland – One of the top point guards in Lafayette history, Tony Johnson ’13 has signed a professional contract with Den Bosch SPM Shooters of the Dutch Basketball League, it was announced Monday.
"I'm very excited for the opportunity to play basketball overseas in Holland," Johnson said. "I've been lucky enough to have people by my side from day one that want nothing but the best for me and that goes a long way. I want to thank my family, teammates, and coaches through the years for supporting and pushing me to become a better basketball player and person."
The Folsom, Calif. native completed his career at Lafayette sixth on Lafayette's all-time assists list (374) and ranked fourth in school history with 160 career steals. A First Team All-Patriot League selection as a senior, Johnson led the conference in field goal percentage (54.6%) on 166-of-304 from the field and his 65 steals were the third-highest single-season total in Lafayette history and the most in the Patriot League last season.
In addition, Johnson was also first in the conference with a 2.1 assist-to-turnover ratio and was third in the League in assists with 4.8 per contest. Scoring-wise, he was second on the team and ranked ninth in the League with 13.3 points per game in 2012-13. Johnson led Lafayette to three appearances in the Patriot League championship game during his four years on College Hill.
Johnson’s new squad is one of 10 in the Dutch Basketball League, which plays a 36-game regular season schedule beginning in September. Den Bosch SPM Shooters, formerly known as Den Bosch Eiffel Towers, has won 15 League championships since 1972. The 15 titles are eight more than the next-closest team, BC Apollo Amsterdam, which has seven crowns to its credit. Den Bosch most recently topped the competition in 2012 and was last season’s regular season champion before falling in the semifinals of the League’s playoffs.
"It will be a new challenge and experience, but I'm very happy with the situation I'm in so now," Johnson continued. "All I have to do is go out there, work hard, and prove that I deserve the title of a professional. It's safe to say that I'm living the dream."
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