Braves senior has enjoyed long career on the hardwood

Isaac Johnson grew up playing basketball in Brownstown and says he has enjoyed competing at every level.

“I went to my first camp in the third grade,” Johnson said. “I went every year I could go until I got to high school.”

Johnson played on the freshman team his first year at Brownstown Central before moving up to junior varsity his sophomore year. He has played varsity for the Braves the past two seasons.

“I’m really a wing player this year, like the (small forward) position,” Johnson said. “Sometimes, Seth (Borden) and I run point so we can get the ball to Michael (Boshears) on the wing. All three of us will post up in the lane.

“I like to shoot 3s from the left side. I think I can drive and finish left-handed just as good as I can right. I like to play against man (defense) for sure. I’m more of a drive-first guy. Against a zone, it’s hard to drive if they pack the lane.”

His high-point games this season are 23 against Charlestown and 19 against Bedford North Lawrence. Johnson scored 12 against BNL his junior year.

On the court, Johnson likes the running game.

“Transition is probably my favorite part of basketball,” Johnson said. “I like to run the floor. You get it and you go.”

He said he likes playing both half-court man and full-court trapping defenses.

“I like playing a 1-2-2 or something like that,” Johnson said. “We do a lot of that this year. I’m usually on the top.”

Johnson feels his highlight game came against Corydon Central, a 48-47 overtime win for the Braves.

“It went into overtime, and I hit a 3-pointer, and then got a steal to put us up one,” he said. “I had 16 points and I don’t know how many rebounds. We basically won the conference with that game, and then at Austin, I had a double-double (10 points and 10 rebounds).”

The senior enjoys playing in front of the home crowd.

“I enjoy everything about them," he said. "When we run out of the tunnel and the student section is there and the band, the first time I ever did that, I couldn’t quit smiling.”

The Braves won the Mid-Southern Conference title this season and won 17 games a year ago.

Johnson attributes that success to working hard at practice.

“At practices, coaches make sure the players are 100 percent focused on practice and what the goal is and make sure we’re not goofing around at practice,” Johnson said. “You practice how you play.”

Johnson said he feels like he has received a good education at BCHS.

“I’ve enjoyed absolutely everything,” Johnson said. “My friends have always gone to Brownstown, and I couldn’t imagine going to any other school. I can’t say enough about the sports here. I’ve enjoyed playing basketball, and I played baseball one year. I’ve had a blast. I’ve had some really fun teachers. Obviously, not every class you’re going to enjoy, but I’ve enjoyed most of them.”

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Name: Isaac Johnson

High School: Brownstown Central

Parents: Jason and Chastity Johnson

Sibling: Taylor

Sports: Basketball, four years; baseball, one year

Athletic highlight: Mid-Southern Conference champions 2018-19

Organizations: Fellowship of Christian Athletes, bass club

Plans after high school: Attend college

Favorite food: Wings

Favorite TV show: "The Office"

Favorite musician: Trippie Redd

Favorite movie: "Talladega Nights"

Favorite athlete: LeBron James