CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – MIT men’s basketball senior co-captain, Billy Johnson, has been selected to participate in the New England Basketball Coaches Association (NEBCA) Division III All-Star game. The game will be played at Babson College on Sunday, April 18 at 1:00 p.m. Johnson is one of 30 seniors from across New England slated to play in Sunday’s game and becomes the second straight MIT player to participate, as Jimmy Bartolotta was selected to the 2009 squad.
Johnson, who was a five-year member of the MIT basketball team, graduates as one of the most successful players in program history. In four full seasons, Johnson, who missed much of his sophomore campaign due to injury, was a part of three 20-win teams and helped MIT capture its first New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) regular season and tournament Championships. Johnson also helped lead the Engineers to back-to-back NCAA Division III Tournament appearances, including a First Round win over Rhode Island College in 2009.
The senior became the 23rd player in Institute history to surpass the 1,000-point mark in a game against Babson earlier this season and finished his career as MIT 20th all-time leading scorer. He also owns the third highest single-game scoring mark, a 40-point effort against Clark as a junior. A Second Team NEWMAC All-Conference selection in 2009, Johnson also ranks among the top 10 career leaders in three-point percentage, free throw percentage and blocked shots.
Johnson will play alongside All-Stars from the Massachusetts State College Athletic Conference (MASCAC), Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC), NEWMAC and Little East Conferences. Fellow NEWMAC selections, Pat Crean of Springfield and Jack Minister of Clark, will join Johnson in the game. They will compete against a team made up of players from the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC), North Atlantic Conference (NAC), New England Collegiate Conference (NECC), New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) and the University Athletic Association (UAA).