University of Evansville women’s basketball coach Oties Epps announced his sixth offseason signing Thursday in Kenyia Johnson, a 5-foot-8 shooting guard from Fleming Island High School in Orange Park, Florida. The left-handed slasher will join the Aces this fall.
During three years as a varsity starter, Johnson rewrote the Fleming Island record books. She now holds the career records for points (1,206), assists (242), steals (274), blocked shots (140) and rebounds (407).
As a senior, she averaged 17.1 points, 5.9 rebounds, 4.1 steals, 3.4 assists and 2.1 blocks. She also shot 49.6 percent from the field.
Here are some quotes on Johnson signing with UE. The consensus seems to be that she’s athletic and good at driving to the basket.
Johnson, on why she chose UE: “The coaching staff, they rubbed off really nice. They were really cool people. The team all texted me and congratulated me and was really welcoming. I took a tour of it and I just liked it, the area. It just seemed like the college I wanted to go to.”
Johnson, on her style of play: “I’m a 1, 2 and 3 guard and I usually just play either one of those positions. I’m pretty explosive; I like to play with a lot of energy on the court. I’m a dominant left-hander and I like taking the ball to the basket.”
UE head coach Oties Epps: “Kenyia is a well-rounded player and is an explosive athlete on both sides of the ball. She excels in the open court and she has the unique ability to get to the rim and finish. We anticipate Kenyia having an immediate impact within our program both on and off the court.”
Her high school head coach, Kim Pereia: “She’s a good ballhander. She kind of played the two guard for us because we already had someone at point, but she’s very much a dribble-penetrator.”
“She makes pretty good decisions with the ball and she’s not afraid to take it to the basket. She’s very, very athletic. Physically, she looks good — strong and fast.”