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Fever Acquire Shenise Johnson From Stars

Josh Zavadil

March 12, 2015

The Indiana Fever and San Antonio Stars announced a trade on Thursday that sent Shenise Johnson from San Antonio to Indiana. See below for releases from each team.

Indiana Fever

INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Fever has acquired combo guard Shenise Johnson and a 2015 second-round draft pick from the San Antonio Stars, in exchange for the Fever’s 2015 first- and third-round draft picks, as announced by Fever President and General Manager Kelly Krauskopf.

Johnson is a versatile 5-11 guard who has completed three WNBA seasons with San Antonio. Last season, she averaged 6.0 points, 3.3 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game, over 30 games of action with one start. In 33 games, she was a 24-game starter in 2013, posting career-best averages of 11.0 points, 3.9 rebounds and 2.4 assists. She averages a steal per game over 97 career appearances and, in 2012, she led all WNBA rookies with a 41-percent 3-point shooting mark.

Currently starring in Turkey where she averages 16.9 points and 7.0 rebounds per game, Johnson was the fifth overall pick in the 2012 WNBA Draft.

The 2011 ACC Player of the Year, Johnson was a two-time All-American at the University of Miami, and a three-time All-ACC selection. She also was a three-time member of the league’s all-defense team and started 131 consecutive games in her Miami career, the longest such streak in the country. She owned a streak of 87 straight games of double-figure scoring with the Hurricanes, and posted career averages of 17.0 points, 8.0 rebounds, 4.4 assists and 3.4 steals.

“Shenise is a big guard who can play multiple positions,” said Krauskopf. “She has been on our radar since she was drafted out of Miami three years ago. She has a complete arsenal of offensive skills and also fits our defensive identity. Her best years are still ahead of her. We are excited to add her to our backcourt.”

“We are thrilled to add Shenise Johnson to our team,” said first-year Fever Head Coach Stephanie White. “She is a skilled guard who has tremendous versatility on both ends of the floor as well as an extremely high basketball IQ. Her addition brings quality depth and experience to our perimeter rotation.”

In the trade, Indiana receives the 21st overall pick (second round) from San Antonio, while surrendering the 6th (first round) and 30th (third round) selections.

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San Antonio Stars

SAN ANTONIO – The San Antonio Stars have acquired a first (sixth overall) and third-round (30th overall) pick in the 2015 WNBA Draft from the Indiana Fever, in exchange for guard Shenise Johnson and a 2015 second-round pick (21st overall), head coach and general manager Dan Hughes announced today.

With the completion of the trade, the Stars now own two first-round picks in the 2015 WNBA Draft. They will select sixth, ninth, 30th and 33rd overall on draft night, which will take place on April 16 at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn.

“We are excited to gain another first-round pick in the upcoming WNBA Draft,” said Hughes. “Having two first-round picks is a unique opportunity for us to improve our organization. Any time you acquire value, you have to give up value in return. We appreciate all that Shenise has done during her time with the Stars organization and we wish her the very best in her future.”

Johnson was originally selected by the Stars in the first round (fifth overall) of the 2012 WNBA draft out of the University of Miami. In her three-year WNBA career, she has appeared in 97 games and averaged 7.6 points, 3.7 rebounds and 1.7 assists in 20.8 minutes.

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