By Owen Gotimer
Viva Loudoun College Editor
(March 11, 2014) – Broad Run High School senior Alexia “AJ” Johnson has committed to join head coach Charles Marshall at Glenville State College where she will continue her basketball career starting in the 2014-2015 academic year.
Johnson said she has the opportunity to play for the Division II Lady Pioneers thanks to Heritage High School senior and future Glenville State teammate Kayla Tibbs.
“Kayla Tibbs is an amazing person and remarkable ball player,” said the 5-foot-2 Johnson. “She is the reason I was blessed for this opportunity at Glenville. She was the direct connection between me and the Glenville coaches.”
While Johnson and Tibbs played at competing high schools, they did play together a few times on a travel basketball team.
“I look forward to being on the same team,” Johnson said. “It is exciting: we are moving up to the next level together, and I can’t wait as she and the Glenville coaches help develop me into a stronger more dominant player.”
The pair of guards will have the opportunity at Glenville State to play for a dominant team.
So far this season, the country’s Division II No. 9 Lady Pioneers are 28-3 including a 20-2 record in the Mountain East Conference which was good enough for a regular season conference title. Marshall – Glenville State’s first year head coach – also led his team to the conference championship title on March 9.
On Friday, March 14, the Lady Pioneers – who are a No.1 seed in the NCAA DII tournament – will faceoff with No. 8 West Liberty in the first round of their version of March Madness.
“My mom and I had the pleasure of watching the Lady Pioneers drop over 100 points on West Virginia State,” said Johnson who will play point guard at Glenville State. “Their play is similar to my game. My ability to see the floor and push the ball up the court will be a huge contribution to the Lady Pioneers.”
While her mom and her were the two to make the journey to the Glenville State versus West Virginia State game, her uncles were the people who sparked her interest in basketball before she officially started playing when she was five years old.
“My uncles used to take me to the court with them when I was two. At eight-years old I started playing AAU and have been playing ever since,” said Johnson who plays travel basketball for Axiom Elite. “There was a time I lost the love for the game, but it had more to do with personal circumstances than the actual game itself. After transferring to Broad Run, my motivation came back. All I can think about now is getting better!”
A Dominion High School transfer and Sterling-native, Johnson ultimately chose Glenville State after visiting other colleges because she felt the West Virginian school could be her new home.
“After visiting many other colleges, Glenville State College left the biggest impression,” Johnson said. “The friendly basketball coaches, faculty, students and residents of Glenville were extremely welcoming and made me feel right at home.”
Owen Gotimer is a graduate of Heritage High School in Leesburg and is currently a sophomore at Syracuse University. Follow Owen on Twitter (@BigO_Gotimer) for up-to-date college signings and news. Contact us if you want Owen to do an article on the college commitment of your favorite local athlete or a story on a Loudoun County graduate playing in college!