BSHS Senior Josiah Johnson - Photo by Linda Baggett

Big Sandy Senor Josiah Johnson, a four-year standout for the Big Sandy Wildcats on the basketball court, signed a national letter-of-intent with Southern Nazarene University last week.

Josiah, teammates, and coaches: L-R: Coach Daniel Shipman, Elijah Beard, Carter Oswalt, Decorian Menefee, Josh Shipman, Ashton Beason, Caden Minter, Gabriel Lemons, Khameron Pippins, Coach Kerry Strong, Kakarai Menefee, and Wanya Arps. Photo by Linda Baggett

 “As far as I know, he’s the leading scorer in school history,” said coach Kerry Strong, who noted that Johnson has 2,780 points in his career after scoring 34 points on Tuesday in a 94-23 win against Overton that moved Big Sandy to 25-3 on the season and 11-0 in district play. “He has led us in points, rebounds, assists and steals three of the last four years, and to this point we have 95 wins in the past four seasons.”

Josiah and his Houston AAU coaches. He has played with them since he was ten years old. (left to right): Coach AJ, Coach T, and Coach Charles. Photo by Linda Baggett

In addition to his outstanding athletic ability, Johnson is an academic achiever. “He’s a straight ‘A’ student. His ACT scores are good. His GPA is good. His work ethic is great,” Strong said.

Josiah and BSHS Coaches Daniel Shipman, Kerry Strong, and Larry Minter. Photo by Linda Baggett

Johnson had looks from Kilgore College, UT Tyler and LeTourneau University among others before electing to take his talents across the state line to the Bethany, Oklahoma-based school.

Josiah and family: Dad Maurice, Mom Monique, and sister Shemaiah. Not pictured was older brother, Isaiah. Photo by Linda Baggett

Southern Nazarene competes in the Great American Conference along with Southern Arkansas, Oklahoma Baptist, East Central, Southeastern Oklahoma State, Henderson State, Arkansas-Monticello, Arkansas Tech, Ouachita, Harding, Northeastern Oklahoma State and Southwestern Oklahoma State.