A-Town All-Stars 2017 (Team East): Vista PEAK’s Marquise Johnson


Vista PEAK Preparatory Marquise Johnson on Friday March 03, 2017 at Smoky Hill High School. Photo by Gabriel Christus/Aurora Sentinel
Senior Marquise Johnson had no trouble taking the ball to the basket early and often during the 2016-17 season, during which he led the Vista PEAK Prep boys basketball team with an average of 13.1 points per game. He will play for Team East in the second A-Town All-Star Boys Game, scheduled for 4:30 p.m. on March 18, 2017, at Cherokee Trail High School. (Photo by Gabriel Christus/Aurora Sentinel)

AURORA | A profile look at Vista PEAK Prep senior Marquise Johnson, who is set to play for Team East in the second A-Town All-Star Boys Game set for Saturday, March 18, 2017, at Cherokee Trail High School. The boys game is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. or immediately following the girls game that begins at 3 p.m. (buy tickets in advance: bit.ly/ATOWN2017):

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Boys A-Town All-Star Game returns after strong debut

MARQUISE JOHNSON

School: Vista PEAK Prep

Year: Senior

Height: 5-foot-11

2016-17 averages: 13.1 points, 3.3 rebounds, 3.3 assists, 2.9 steals per game

Vista PEAK Preparatory Marquise Johnson on Friday March 03, 2017 at Smoky Hill High School. Photo by Gabriel Christus/Aurora Sentinel
Vista PEAK Prep senior Marquise Johnson. (Photo by Gabriel Christus/Aurora Sentinel)

Season highlights: The 2016-17 season proved to be another bar-lifter for the young Vista PEAK Prep program, as the Bison earned their way into the Sweet 16 round of the Class 4A state playoffs and came close to advancing further. Coach Gary Childress continued to grow more comfortable with his players and the Bison delivered him career coaching win No. 400 as part of a 20-5 campaign that included a runner-up finish in its debut finish in the EMAC. Vista PEAK lacked size, but made up for it with athleticism, quickness and effort, with senior Marquise Johnson leading the charge. A regular perimeter shooter earlier in his career, Johnson transformed into a fearless attacker of the rim and it helped him to a team-leading average of 13.1 points per game, the product of 16 games in double figures. He also led the Bison in assists with 3.3 per game and steals with 2.9 per contest. The All-EMAC first team selection will play on Team East in the second A-Town All-Star Boys Game.

Johnson vs. Aurora teams: vs. Smoky Hill (6 points); vs. Aurora Central (16 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists); vs. Rangeview (15 points, 4 assists, 4 steals); vs. Gateway (22 points, 5 steals); vs. Hinkley (4 points, 5 rebounds)