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New Mexico's Johnson pushing through weird freshman season

New Mexico's Johnson pushing through weird freshman season
Posted at 10:30 PM, Feb 21, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-22 00:30:51-05

COLORADO SPRINGS — It has been anything, but a normal freshman year for New Mexico's Javonté Johnson.

"Having to live in hotels 2 weeks at a time," explained Johnson. "Not being able to have home games. Playing without fans too, it is just crazy."

The former Cheyenne Mountain Indian is back in his hometown this week - playing Wyoming as the home team at Clune Arena last week and now playing Air Force this week as the road team.

"I am happy to be back here - it feels good," added the freshman guard.

Yet the Colorado Springs native is doing the best he can within the COVID-19 environment.

"It is literally just school and basketball," explained the Cheyenne Mountain grad. "Like we aren't even able to hang out with people. It just hotel then basketball, hotel and the gym."

The former 3-star prospect is still adjusting to the speed, length and athleticism of the college game.

But Johnson knows it's all about the process

"In high school, each year in the off-season, I got a little bit better," stated Johnson. "And I came back averaged a bit more, shot a bit more. My confidence got a bit higher each year and I am hoping it can be the same in college as well."

The Lobos are set to face Air Force in a two-game series starting on Monday at Clune Arena at 7:30 p.m.