Johnson earns first-team all-FC honors
Lewis-Clark State College junior guard David Johnson was selected to the first team all-Frontier Conference men’s basketball squad, which was announced by conference commissioner Kent Paulson.
Teammates Donnie Lao and Alex King, both seniors, were second-team selections.
Johnson, a 6-foot-5 junior from Chicago, Ill., led the Warriors in scoring this season at 12.9 points per game. He was the only Warrior to average in double figures.
Johnson, who attended North Idaho College for two seasons before transferring to LCSC, was second on the team in minutes played. He shot 45.9 percent from the field (123-of-268) and a team-best 40.8 percent from the 3-point line (28-of-71). He also shot 75 percent at the foul line (87-of-116).
Johnson also finished second on the team in rebounding at 5.4 per game, was third on the team in assists with 48 and blocked shots with nine, and led the Warriors in steals with 39.
Johnson scored 10 or more points in 21 of the 28 games he played in this season and set a season-high for the Warriors with 34 points in a road loss at Westminster. In that game, Johnson scored the Warriors’ final 25 points. He also had eight rebounds, seven steals, and two assists in that contest.
Against Walla Walla University earlier in the season, Johnson had a double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds.
Lao, a 6-2 guard, averaged 8.5 points per game, while King, a 6-6 forward, averaged 7.1 points.
Lao transferred to LCSC from the University of Alaska Anchorage for his final season. Originally from Midvale, Utah, Lao played two seasons at Snow Junior College in Utah before transferring to Alaska Anchorage.
Lao was mainly used off the bench to provide a spark, but became a starter later in the season. He shot 41.8 percent from the field (76-of-182) and 35 percent at the 3-point line (35-of-100). He also shot 77.6 percent at the foul line (52-of-67).
Lao also averaged 2.6 rebounds per game and was second on the team in assists with 55 and steals with 34.
Lao scored a season-high 19 points twice and scored in double figures in six of his final eight games when he averaged 13.2 points per game. He also had season highs of seven rebounds, six assists, and four steals.
King played two seasons at LCSC after two years at Lower Columbia Community College. The Tacoma native shot better than 50 percent from the field both seasons, including 51 percent (78-of-153) this season.
King averaged 4.5 rebounds per game, which was fourth on the team, and finished with 32 assists and 19 steals. He also was second on the team in blocked shots with 21.
King scored a season-high 15 points twice and also had a double-double during the season with 15 points and 11 rebounds in a game against eventual conference tournament champion Montana State-Northern. The 11 rebounds were a season high along with four assists, three blocked shots, and three steals.
The conference coaches voted on the awards, but were not allowed to vote for players on their team.
Player of the Year – Brandon Brown, Montana Western.
Defensive Player of the Year – Byago Diouf, Carroll.
Newcomer of the Year - Jake Orchard, Westminster.
Freshman of the Year – Marcel Towns, Great Falls.
Coach of the Year – Brandon Veltri, Carroll
Byago Diouf, Carroll College, Jr, Dakar, Senegal
Andy Garland, Carroll College, Jr, Missoula, Mont.
David Johnson, Lewis-Clark State, Jr, Chicago, Ill.
Devin Jackson, MSU-Northern, So, Denver, Colo.
Joe Simpson, MSU-Northern, Jr, Pittsburg, Calif.
Kellen Hasquet, Montana Tech, Sr, Missoula, Mont.
Brandon Brown, Montana Western, Jr, Tacoma, Wash.
Cody Thueringer, Montana Western, Sr, Kent, Wash.
E.J. Ross, Rocky Mountain, Sr, Washington D.C.
Mark Celaya, University of Great Falls, Sr, Chandler, Ariz.
Jake Orchard, Westminster College, So, Salt Lake City, Utah
Michael Stockton, Westminster College, Sr, Spokane, Wash.
Tony Dalton, Carroll College, Jr, Moab, Utah
Alex King, Lewis-Clark State, Sr, Tacoma, Wash.
Donnie Lao, Lewis-Clark State, Sr, Midvale, Utah
LaVon Myers, MSU-Northern, Jr, Los Angeles, Calif.
Shaun Tatarka, MSU-Northern, Jr, Great Falls, Mont.
Tyree Haynie, Montana Tech, Jr, Chico, Calif.
Tyler Hurley, Montana Western, Jr, Anaconda, Mont.
Sergio Trocha, Rocky Mountain, Jr, Cartagena, Colombia
L.J. Jones, University of Great Falls, Jr, Anaheim, Calif.
Marcel Towns, University of Great Falls, Fr, Phoenix, Ariz.
Tanner Gregory, Westminster College, Jr, Provo, Utah
A.J. Reilly, Westminster College, Jr, San Diego, Calif.