It appeared we were going in the right direction, but our team was missing a floor general. It was at that moment, I kicked everyone out of practice. They needed a wake-up call. That was when Johann stepped up and became the leader of our team. It needed to happen like that and I'm sure he will remember that day for many years to come.
His unselfishness goes a long way on this team. For example, he'll throw the next pass and he'll knock down the open shot. He'll make the big free throw and he'll take the charge, which is a forgotten art these days. He has worked hard and I don't want to sell people that he's just gifted ... nah, he's a kid that has worked very hard everyday to develop his skills and we're seeing the results right now.
Johann is so unselfish that he sometimes hurts himself. The reality is that he shoots the ball very well from the outside. So after halftime, I had to tell him, 'shoot the basketball' and he did. I just wanted to remind the rest of the county that this kid is a double-threat. He's not a kid you can just pack down on. He doesn't get stifled and he knows how to pick you apart.
He came in at a good time because we were struggling and then he just shows up. He was a bigger kid and that was certainly an answer to what we needed. But not just in his basketball abilities alone. He is a positive role model for his teammates and the school. Johann demonstrates great character and I think the school and the community at-large has grown and benefited because of him.