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  1. 10th Region Player Profile: Shawn Johnson- 6'7" Sr. (Mason County) Mason County's Shawn Johnson is one of those players that you watch during the course of a 32-minute game and there's really nothing that stands out--nothing that screams, "This guy is one of the best players around." Then you take a look at the stat sheet after the game and you notice Johnson's final tallies: 21 points and 17 rebounds, going 9-11 from the floor and 3-4 from the free throw line. And you say to yourself, "I didn't realize he played that well." But that's what you get from Johnson--not much in terms of the dazzling, highlight-reel kind of individual plays--just a steady, consistent, productive performance. What most employers look for in their employees...that's what Shawn Johnson gives on a game-by-game basis. And by the way, those stats were his numbers in the Royals' final game of last year--a District Tournament loss to Augusta. And perhaps that loss is why the 6'7" Johnson seems to so often be overshadowed during discussion of the 10th Region's top players. People seem to focus solely on that loss and fail to recognize a young man who put up a double-double average of 14.5 ppg and 10 rpg in 27 games played during 2012-13, while shooting a ridiculous 59.4% from the field. Reflecting back on last year, the quiet senior says, "We had a good team that I thought would go far in the post season, but things didn't go as planned." Looking ahead to 2013-14 Johnson says, "Returning players haven't forgot what happened last year and we are currently working hard to improve each and every day so things like that won't happen again." You can expect the Royals' big man to do his part, and Johnson himself notes areas where he hopes to improve. He cites communication and leadership as two qualities he's looking to enhance this season, but also has a desire to improve his ball-handling and perimeter skills. But ultimately, Johnson says his personal goals are also the team's goals. "We want to make it to Rupp and contend for a title. The only way to do that is to work harder every day, improving and getting better." Notice the phrases Johnson keeps using: "work harder" and "every day." His numbers prove that this isn't just lip service. The Mason County standout doesn't just talk the talk; he walks the walk. Not surprisingly, such an approach and attitude have led to numerous college coaches reaching out to Johnson. He told BGP, "I've been contacted by about 12-15 schools wanting information but I'm still waiting and thinking so no decision has been made yet. I plan on deciding on a school around the first of the year." Until then we know what we can expect from the Royals' main man: an old-school type of performer who gets the job done every time he steps on the floor.
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