Chaise Johnson Reaches 1,000 Points

The Steward School’s Chaise Johnson Reaches 1,000 Career Points Milestone

Junior Chaise Johnson was honored by fellow students on Friday, January 16, for reaching the 1,000 career point milestone. Entering the game against The Covenant School of Charlottesville in late December, Johnson needed only a handful of points to reach 1,000. His 1,000th point came on a three-pointer with an assist from teammate Jack Trepp.

Johnson, playing his third year of varsity basketball, is proud to have reached a goal that many basketball players strive to achieve. “I couldn’t have reached this goal without the help of my teammates. The confidence they have instilled in me made it a lot easier…that and a lot of hard work,” said Johnson.

Johnson achieved this accomplishment through hard work and dedication, two things his mentor and former UVA standout and NBA player Cory Alexander stresses for him. “I think of Cory’s advice when I work with Coach [Jamiel] Allen at my 5 a.m. workouts,” Johnson said.” I also work out after school with the team. I’ve put a lot of hours in to work on my game.”

When asked what advice he’d give to a younger athlete, Johnson responded, “I have a great amount of respect for [NBA player] Kevin Durant. He says that ‘hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard.’ I think that applies to all aspects of life, and hard work is one of the values my mother has instilled in me.” He also advises younger players to make sure they have fun while playing. “The game gets more serious, but it is important to have fun. Use the game; don’t let the game use you,” said Johnson.

Johnson joins an elite group of Steward athletes who have accomplished this goal. Jennifer Keller ’88 and Cheryl Mayers Hinton ’95 accomplished the feat during their time at Steward. Mike Edwards ’03 was the first boys varsity player to reach the 1,000-point mark; Pat Branin ’11 and Adjehi Baru ’11 reached the goal as seniors in 2011.

Johnson was also honored at the school’s Lower School Jamboree on January 9, when he was given a ball marked with his accomplishment. Immediately after receiving the ceremonial ball, Johnson walked over and gave the prize to his mother. “She has always encouraged me, and I wanted to share the moment with her,” he said.

Johnson, the team’s leading scorer, has all of next year to add to his career point total. Director of Athletics Bob Stratton said, “The Steward School is proud of Chaise’s accomplishments, and we are looking forward to the many great things in Chaise’s future.”

The Richmond Times-Dispatch posted an article about Chaise’s accomplishment on January 21.

 

 

 

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