The Mansfield Timberview boys basketball team is coming off of a phenomenal season, and Tim Johnson is a big part of the reason why.
The Timberview senior guard was an all-district and all-region selection in 2015-2016, and coach Duane Gregory said that Johnson possesses great versatility.
“Tim is a talented player,” Gregory said. “He’s capable of creating scoring opportunities for himself and teammates. The fact that he was one of our top scorers and at the same time our assists leader last year is proof of this. Tim’s game has evolved defensively, and he has great instincts for being disruptive on that end of the floor.”
Gregory said he has some definite objectives for Johnson this season as the Wolves look to pick up where they left off last year.
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“I expect Tim to have a great senior season,” Gregory said. “I expect him to have a prominent impact on both ends of the floor. I expect him to be a leader due to his key role during last year’s regional semifinal playoff run. I also expect him to continue to be a positive influence on our team chemistry.”
Johnson scored 21 points in the Wolves’ 77-58 victory against Cypress Creek last week, and he said he believes things are shaping up well for 2016-2017.
“The season is going great so far,” Johnson said. “We are undefeated at 5-0 coming off a tournament championship.”
Timberview opened the season with a tournament victory in the Dawghouse Invitational, which included victories over Cypress Creek and Southlake Carroll.
Johnson said he has some pretty lofty goals for this season, both individually and as a team.
“As a team, I want a state championship,” Johnson said. “As an individual, I want to lead my team in all categories, get all-state and lead my team to a state championship.”
In order to have that kind of a season, Johnson said it will take a couple of things.
“For us to go as deep as we wanna go, we will have to trust each other, play good defense and play hard,” Johnson said.
Gregory said Johnson has the ability to lead the Wolves this season and said his role has changed from 2015-2016, when he was a bit of an unknown quantity heading in.
“Tim has a great feel for the game,” Gregory said. “His basketball IQ is very high. He has my trust due to his ability to make the right basketball play consistently. As a coach, that is something you value at any level. Last year Tim was somewhat of an unknown going into the season. That has changed with his designation last year as a TABC All-Region player.”
Johnson said he plans to play Division I basketball, but is undecided about where at this point.