July 27, 2009
Johnson is State's shooting star
Ravern Johnson was an unknown commodity last season for Mississippi State.
Having only played sparingly as a freshman, Johnson came on strong as a sophomore and leading the country in three-point percentage for most of the season.
"During my freshman year I was nervous all the time," Johnson said. "But going overseas to the Dominican Republic last summer really helped me out. When I got into a real game last year it became routine because I had been playing all summer."
Johnson finsihed the year 83-of-210 from behind the arc to lead the team with a 39.5-percentage from 3-point range to lead the Bulldogs in that category.
Johnson's shooting percentage dropped toward the end of the season as defenses began to harness his looks from the outside. But when opponents began compensating for him, it opened up opporunities for the 6-foot-7 small forward to get his teammates involved.
"I just had to start making plays for my other teammates," Johnson said. "They were playing me real tough and close so I had to make plays with my teammates."
Johnson started all 36 games for MSU in 2008-09 averaging 12.1 points and 3.1 rebounds per game. He shot 43.1-percent from the field leading the Bulldogs to a 23-13 overall record and was instrumental in the Southeastern Conference Championship and NCAA Tournament runs.
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