Johnson Moves on to the CAA

Dylan Thayer | Friday, April 12th, 2024

Johnson Moves on to the CAA

Brewster Academy’s Daniel Johnson recently announced his commitment to first-year head coach, Ivan Thomas, and Hampton University.


Johnson spent his high school career at Whitney Young in Chicago Illinois, where he picked up a lot of Division 1 traction, and was dubbed by some as the best unsigned prospect in that region just last year.


In his time at Whitney Young, he also competed with the Illinois Wolves of the UAA as he picked up offers from DePaul, Northern Illinois, Toledo, Illinois State and Nevada.


At Brewster, Johnson’s impact was felt right away as he competed with the school in the NEPSAC showcase this past June. 


At first glance, Johnson’s bounce and fearlessness at the rim stood out, while his shooting touch and shot creation skills were impressive as well.


On the defensive end, he is an aggressive, physical defender with athleticism, and can guard multiple positions on the court.


In talks with DJ, he emphasized the culture and fit with the Pirates: “Hampton felt like home for me as a young black man while also having a coach and program that felt like family.” 


He went on to say how his time in the NEPSAC-AAA with Brewster Academy’s Prep team helped his development on and off the court: “It gave me the opportunity to grow my skills as a basketball player and as a person.”


Johnson will be joining Ivan Thomas in his first season as head coach of the Pirates, but he is very familiar with the program having grown up in Norfolk. 


Thomas’s goal is to bring a tough, hardworking team to the floor who exerts a lot of energy in their play. With that being said, the fit between DJ and the university is seamless and one we will keep an eye on moving forward.