Neosho senior Connor Johnson earned Academic All-State honors from the Missouri Basketball Coaches Association.

Neosho senior Connor Johnson earned Academic All-State honors from the Missouri Basketball Coaches Association.
Requirements for this honor are starting 90 percent of your team’s games, earning a 3.5 GPA and scoring a 28 on the ACT. Johnson started every game for the Wildcats, earned a 3.8 GPA and scored a 30 on the ACT.
“I am so proud of Connor for earning this honor,” Neosho head coach Tony Branscum said. “He was a good shooter in seventh grade and became a great shooter in high school. He has also been dedicated to earning high grades.
“Connor is going to do great things in career and life. He has been a pleasure to coach. Replacing a guy like him is a tall task.”
Johnson, given the green light to shoot by both Neosho head coaches — Jason Horn and Branscum — that he played for, made nearly 130 3-point shots and shot 40 percent from deep during his varsity career, his junior and senior years as starter.
Johnson served as a captain and averaged over 28 minutes played (high school games are 32 minutes) during Neosho’s first winning season since 2010.
Only two other players from the Central Ozark Conference Large made the grade for Academic All-State, Republic’s Ty Stevens and Carthage’s Ethan Thomas.