RocJocks: Rush-Henrietta hoopster Shenise Johnson

by Sean Lahman  Democrat and Chronicle  Published Oct. 30, 2014

Perhaps the greatest female basketball player Rochester has produced, Shenise Johnson was the first and (so far) only former Section V player to play in the WNBA.

The 5-foot-11 guard starred at Rush-Henrietta, where she won just about every accolade possible. She was named All-Greater Rochester Player of the Year three times, was a Parade magazine and McDonald's All-American, and was named Miss New York Basketball as a senior in 2008.

Along the way, she led the Royal Comets to three straight Class AA state championships. Johnson graduated with school records for career points (2,241) and rebounds (1,500).

As a freshman at the University of Miami, she led her team in scoring, rebounding, assists and steals. She scored in double digits in 87 consecutive games, and was an All-America selection in both her junior and senior seasons. Johnson finished as one of the top players in Miami history, ranking among the school's all-time leaders in nearly every statistical category.

After graduating from Miami in 2012, Johnson was selected by the San Antonio Silver Stars with the fifth overall pick in the 2012 WNBA Draft. In three seasons with San Antonio, she has averaged 7.6 points per game

Each week, we recognize a great sports figure from the Rochester area. See the complete list and read more about their feats online, at RocDocs.com/Athletes.

Several readers wrote in to nominate Johnson, including Russell Bandemer and Danielle Newmann.

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