Southern honoring former NBA Player, coach Avery Johnson


avery-johnsonSouthern University will commemorate the outstanding playing career of SU basketball alum and NBA head coach Avery Johnson in a court naming ceremony Feb. 2 in the F.G. Clark Activity Center.

The ceremony will take place during halftime of the men’s basketball game against Grambling.

Tipoff for the women’s game is slated for 2 p.m., immediately followed by the men. The game will be televised live on Cox Sports Television (Ch-37, HD Ch-1037).

“Alumni contributions separate great programs from good ones, and allow great programs to stay on top,” said Dr. William Broussard, SU athletics director.

“The accelerated restoration of SU Men’s Basketball in the past two years is due, in no small part, to alumni contributions–big and small–and none have been more significant thus far than Coach Johnson’s.”

As a player, Avery Johnson won an NBA title with the San Antonio Spurs in 1999.

During his playing career, he appeared in 1054 NBA Games (637 started), averaging 8.4 points, 5.5 assists and 25.3 minutes per game.

He averaged over 13 points per game for 2 straight seasons with the Spurs in 94-95, 95-96. He also averaged a career high 9.6 assists per game during the 95-96 season.

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