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Lady Tiger to play basketball for Valdosta State
Lady Tiger basketball player Brianna Johnson is surrounded by coaches, family and supporters Wednesday after signing a letter of intent to play at Valdosta State University. - photo by Patty Leon

Lady Tiger basketball player Brianna Johnson signed a letter of intent to play at Valdosta State University. The Bradwell Institute student athlete signed on Wednesday in the school’s media center.

Johnson said VSU has her major — physical education. She added the coaching staff gave her a warm reception during a visit.
“The coach welcomed me in. I felt truly welcomed and I feel blessed for having this opportunity,” she said.
Johnson said VSU is looking to play her as a small forward or the three guard.

Lady Tiger basketball coach Faye Baker said Johnson joined the team toward the end of her sophomore year.
“She stepped right in. I remember the week she came in, she played in the JV tournament, the Donell Woods Tournament, and the JV team won that one immediately,” Baker said. “She has always been a hard worker. I admire her work ethics and her attitude. She is just a well-rounded young lady. I feel like she is going to excel and continue soaring.”

Baker then turned her attention to the Lady Tigers who came to celebrate with Johnson and said, “Let this be a testament to you younger players coming up. You all can have the same opportunity if you work hard academically and athletically.”
Johnson said she will report to VSU in the fall, but has a training package from the school outlining activities and exercises she should be doing over the summer.

“As soon as I get there, we’ll start practicing and getting ready for the season,” she said. “I want to work hard and hopefully will be in the starting lineup.”
Johnson also stays in shape competing on the Tiger track team, excelling in the triple jump.

“We condition a lot and I am very competitive … I love to compete and I believe it is going to get me ready physically and mentally,” she said about track and staying active.

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