Knight coach Johnson named IBCA All-Star coach
Photo: KHS head coach Brian Johnson works with his team during this past season’s action.
Exhibition to take place at Illinois Wesleyan University this June
by Mike Slodki
KANELAND—In theory, you always have a chance to witness hoops talent up close as a basketball coach.
In coach Brian Johnson’s case, the chance to do so will be right in front of his face this summer.
The four-year Kaneland High School boys basketball coach was informed last week of his appointment to the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association 3A/4A All-Star Game, held at Illinois Wesleyan University’s Shirk Center on June 29.
Johnson, who has won two Northern Illinois Big XII titles with the Knights roster in the last three years, said he is humbled by the opportunity and recognition.
“It’s definitely an honor,” Johnson said. “Some of those coaches that have been down there are legends.”
The IBCA has a committee select the North and South Teams, with I-80 as the boundary. The teams will be selected from a pool of senior All-State teams, with around 25 players total.
“I had been approached by the IBCA to come on as coach; I had done some stuff for them in the past,” Johnson said. “It had been brought up a couple of months ago.”
Johnson saw the Knights’ season end at the hands of St. Francis of Wheaton last month in the IMSA Regional, but his coaching prowess will be called on to manage some top-tier talent.
“We get down there on Friday and see the different players, and have a couple practices before Saturday’s game,” Johnson said.
Johnson’s trail to head coach involved Dundee-Crown High School, where he worked as an assistant, and the North coaching staff will carry significance.
“Lance Huber will be an assistant coach; he gave me a shot at Dundee-Crown and helped out so much to get me where I am today,” Johnson said.
In the midst of summer league action, Johnson will have a responsibility with quite the spotlight, but with the honor bestowed and the all-star talent at his disposal, the Knights’ sideline roamer is keeping the stress at bay.
“I’m going to go down there and have a good time,” Johnson said. “It’s going to be fun.”
The festivities in Bloomington, Ill., are also scheduled to feature a similar 1A/2A All-Star Game that same weekend.