As a part of our 2013-14 basketball preview series, we take a look at senior Terone Johnson as he enters his final season with the Purdue Boilermakers.
Position: Combo Guard
High School: Indianapolis (IN) North Central
Last Season For Terone Johnson
The one thing that Terone has always been able to do is play hard and be a person to be looked up to. Through all of the struggles of last season, Terone kept doing those things and ultimately on a personal production level, 2012 turned out to be a successful season for the guard out of Indianapolis.
In 2012, Terone started off slow but quickly got back on track and was about the only consistent scorer during the Big Ten season. Johnson had his most successful season at Purdue averaging 13.5 points per game and 2.8 assists per game. His 4.7 rebounds per game helped Purdue to the 12th best team average in Division I.
The Boilermakers struggled last season to get going but Terone was able to bring some veteran leadership and guide not only his brother Ronnie but all of the other freshmen on the team. The same will be asked of him this year as well.
Terone was All-Big Ten (3rd Team) last season by the coaches and an Honorable Mention by the media. Last season against Michigan, Terone Johnson scored 32 points. That was the most by any player in the conference in a single game in 2012-13.
What Terone Johnson Brings To The Team
Like we said before, Terone is a very capable leader and does well to be a positive figure on and off the court. Last season, this team needed him to be super human. This season, it looks like he just has to do what he has always done, be consistent.
Terone brings scoring to the table and for a team who ranked 231 out of 347 teams in Division I in scoring at 65.3. The Boilermakers could actually use a bump up in that department. A 15.0 ppg average from Johnson would be a good boost.
Johnson also was made increases in his assists, free throw percentage, rebounding, three point shooting percentage, and more.
Projections For Terone In 2013-14
The one area that Terone took a step back is in the steals department. He actually took a huge step back and so did the rest of the team on defense. So, in 2013-14 Terone and his teammates will be pushed and it’s very likely to see a rise in the defensive tenacity that has always been accustomed to watching Purdue Men’s Basketball.
It should be an All-Conference type of season for Terone with him having a chance to reach the 1st team if he performs well as does the team. Most likely though, Johnson will be a 2nd team All-Big Ten player who should lead his Purdue Boilermakers back to the NCAA tournament.
Terone doesn’t get hurt and doesn’t miss games. He always gives you maximum effort and brings the consistency you need in a comeback season like Purdue is about to have.