Instead of going to one of the power schools as a McDonald's All-American, Shenise Johnson decided to sign with a team coming off a 9-21 season in the hopes of leading the Hurricanes to prominence. "That was the main goal when I chose to come to Miami," Johnson told the Miami Herald. "People go to Connecticut and Tennessee all the time. But how many people can say they impacted those schools? Someone started UConn, and someone started Tennessee. I hope I did the same for Miami."
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By her junior year, Johnson had emerged as a star and carried the Hurricanes to a No. 3 seed in the NCAA tournament her last two seasons, though Miami was unable to reach the Sweet 16 either year. A Second Team AP All-American as a senior, Johnson joined Nancy Lieberman as the second player in Division I history with at least 2,000 points, 1,000 rebounds, 500 assists and 400 steals.
Versatility - As the Johnson/Lieberman club indicates, Johnson's calling card is her ability to contribute in a variety of different manners. She projects as average or better for a WNBA wing in virtually every area.
Playing the Passing Lanes - Johnson's best single skill might be her disruptive defense. She averaged 3.1 steals per game for her career and ranked in the NCAA's top 10 as a senior with 3.4 per night. Her combination of size, quickness and strength presents problems for opposing ballhandlers
Rebounding - As a small forward, Johnson - who collected 14.6 percent of all available rebounds this season - would be solid on the glass. Put her at shooting guard and she'll be one of the WNBA's best rebounders from the backcourt.
Outside Shooting - Johnson could stand to become more consistent as a three-point threat. She knocked down 39.4 percent of her triples as a sophomore, but slumped to 29.8 percent as a senior. Johnson's career mark (34.4 percent) shows she's good but not great from long range.
Taking Over Games - As compared to MVP-type prospects, Johnson may not have the same instinct to dominate. Her season high as a senior was 25 points. At the same time, Miami could rely on her for 18 points nearly every night.
"Shenise is a real consistent player. Probably a two/three player in our league. Has versatility, plays the 1-3 spots. Fills up the stat sheet. She just puts numbers up - consistent numbers."