Fruita’s Johnson signs with Mavericks

Taylor Johnson made it official.

Tuesday at Fruita Monument High School, Johnson signed her national letter of intent to play basketball at Mesa State College.

Johnson had been verbally committed to Mesa State since February.

“It didn’t feel real until I got the papers,” Johnson said. “It’s very exciting and I’ve been waiting for it for a while.

“I think I made the right decision.”

Johnson blossomed under Fruita Monument coach Dan Schmalz, who gave the 5-foot-11 Johnson plenty of freedom on the court.

Johnson averaged 13.2 points per game and showed her range, making 23 3-pointers during her senior season. Johnson also averaged six rebounds and two blocks per game.

The Wildcats finished 15-10 this past season, and won their first-round home playoff game against Rampart.

“My senior year was one of the best,” Johnson said. “It was the best way to leave.”

Johnson transitions from one growing program at Fruita Monument to another at Mesa State. In Mavericks coach Roger Walters’ second season, Mesa State finished 17-10 overall.

“The coaches are taking it to new heights and I believe in Walters,” Johnson said. “I’m really excited to start working up there.”

Johnson added she’s unsure of what her role will consist of next season athletically. Johnson is entering mass communications academically.

“I still have a lot of work and want to improve before I even get to Mesa,” Johnson said.


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