Devyn Johnson signs with Hillsdale Free Will Baptist College
Murray State College sophomore Devyn Johnson has signed on to play college basketball at the next level. Johnson has signed to play with Hillsdale Free Will Baptist College, a National Christian College Athletic Association program. She heads to Moore, Oklahoma to play for Head Coach Hannah Owen-Moeller and the Saints in the fall.
“We anticipate for Devyn to have an immediate impact for us in the guard position,” says Owen-Moeller. “She is versatile enough that we can use her at both the 3 and 4 positions. Defensively adding Devyn to our roster will allow us to do some things we have not been able to do in the past. We are hopeful Devyn will work to become a consistent scoring threat within the flow of our offense in different ways.”
Johnson played her sophomore year at MSC under first-year coach Justin Cellum. She credits him for helping her build tenacity and confidence. Cellum says Hillsdale is getting the ultimate team player.
“Devyn came in and did all the little things that don't always show up on the stat sheet every night,” he says. “She is not afraid to attempt anything you ask of her. Hillsdale is getting a player who is willing to put her teammates first and is willing to do whatever it takes to win.”
“Coach Cellum had nothing but the absolute best things to say about Devyn’s work ethic, which was very enticing for us as a staff,” says Coach Owen-Moeller. “The more we got to know her we felt like her personality would be a great fit within our program.”
Johnson says she knows it will be challenging to be far from home in a new place, but she chose Hillsdale because the team and the coaching staff made her feel at home. She says she is looking forward to joining the team in a run for a national championship.
“Coach Moeller will be a good mentor for me,” she says. “I already feel like I can go to her about anything and she will give me good advice. I think she will advance my skills a lot considering she has three National Championships.”
A well-rounded student, Johnson earned several honors in her time at Rock Creek High School. She was named to the Bryan County All-Conference three years and the Bryan County All-Tournament Team one year. She earned the Rock Creek Invitational MVP twice, was named to the Black Diamond All-Tournament team in 2012, was chosen an All-State alternate, and was named to the Southeast All-Region team. Johnson also excelled at softball, earning state and conference recognition. She also earned several citizenship awards.
She is the daughter Wade and LeAnn Johnson of Bokchito, Oklahoma. She says her parents, and her older brother Wayde, have all been very supportive of her decision to sign with Hillsdale.
“My family and friends think that Hillsdale is an amazing opportunity for me,” she says. “None of this would have been possible without the amazing support from my family. My mom has been my inspiration to be the best I can be. I am doing all of this for her. My dad has pushed me to my limits and made me see that I can go further than I thought. My brother was a great ball player and I have always hoped to be as good as him.”
At Hillsdale, Johnson will pursue a degree in elementary education.
Cutline: MSC sophomore Devyn Johnson (front row, center) has signed on to play basketball with Hillsdale Free Will Baptist College. Pictured with Johnson in the front row are her parents Wade and LeAnn Johnson. The Hillsdale coaching staff is pictured in the back row (l-r) Assistant Coach Megan Maloy, Assistant Coach Michelle Garcia, and Head Coach Hannah Owen-Moeller.