The University of Victoria Vikes women’s basketball program and head coach Dani Sinclair are pleased to announce the commitment of guard Ella Johnson for the 2017-18 season.
The five-foot-five guard from Saskatoon, SK is the type of player that can help run the Vikes offence for a long time according to Vikes head coach Dani Sinclair.
“We are really excited to welcome Ella to the program,” said Sinclair. “She is a very experienced, smart point guard who has played at a high level and will be a big addition to our recruiting class.”
“She is a player that will make an impact for five years for sure.”
Johnson has been an integral part of team Saskatchewan’s great results in her age group at the National Championships. In the past three years, Johnson has helped lead team Saskatchewan to a gold and two bronze medals at the tournament.
“Ella has a good understanding of the game and sees the floor well,” said Sinclair. “She’s a great passer but also a good scorer herself, that can both shoot the ball and attack off the dribble.”
“In some ways she is your prototypical point guard who can score but also be a facilitator as well.”
That combination of scoring threat and great distribution of the ball led to Johnson being named a second team All-Star at the National Championships in 2013, 2014 and 2016.
Johnson will join the Vikes in the fall of 2017 and is looking forward to the opportunities that playing with UVic will present to her.
“I am looking forward to the opportunity to contribute and grow with the Vikes,” said Johnson. “I’m excited to be with such a great group of girls and learn from two great coaches in Dani and Leanne.”
Full Name: Ella Grayce Johnson
Current Age: 17
Intended major/program: Kinesiology
Hometown: Saskatoon, SK
Previous teams: Team Saskatchewan Junior Huskies, Evan Hardy Collegiate
Previous team placings/tournaments/awards:
1st place, Women’s Canadian National Championships
3rd place, Women’s Canadian National Championships
3rdt place, Women’s Canadian National Championships
Previous individual awards:
Canadian Women’s National Championships Second team All-Star, 2013, 2014, 2016