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Boys Basketball Co-Captain Dallion Johnson ’20 Awarded Massachusetts Gatorade Player of the Year

To conclude his monumental Senior Year during which he broke Andover’s all-time scoring record and earned the honor of Nepsac Class A Co-Player of the Year, Andover Boys Basketball Co-Captain Dallion Johnson ’20 was named the 2019-2020 Gatorade Massachusetts Boys Basketball Player of the Year.

Johnson is Andover’s first recipient of this award, which is given to players that show exemplary skill not only on the court but also in the classroom and their community. During the 2019-2020 season, Johnson averaged 22.6 points, 5.8 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 1.1 steals per game.

On December 12, 2019, Johnson broke the scoring record previously held by Joey Lokitis ’06 in a win over Suffield. Johnson finished his Andover career with 1,600 points to his name. His skill and leadership on the court helped Andover upset Phillips Exeter Academy and head to the New England Prep School Athletic Council Class A Tournament semifinals.

Teammates, coaches, and family of Johnson look forward to watching him compete at Penn State University during his college career.

According to Co-Captain Matteo Whelton ’20, the combination of Johnson’s offensive skills made him the best player in Massachusetts during the 2019-2020 season.

Whelton said, “Dallion was the best person for this award because he is one of the best scorers to ever come out of Massachusetts, but alongside that, what people don’t realize is how good of a passer he is as well. People focus on his ability to score the ball so well that sometimes they don’t see what else he provides for the team. He was the best and most complete player in Massachusetts this year, hands down.”