CHICAGO - Maloree Johnson, a 5-7 senior point guard at Rockford Boylan Catholic High School in Rockford, Ill., has signed a letter of intent to continue both her athletic and academic career at Saint Xavier University as a member of the Cougar women's basketball team. Johnson, who helped lead the Titans to a 27-4 record last season as a junior, has been the team's assist leader the past two years and was an all-conference selection in the Northern Illinois Conference (NIC-10) as well as a NIC-10 Scholar-Athlete with a 4.0 grade-point average. She finishes up her prep career at Boylan Catholic this season and will join the Cougars as a freshman for the 2011-12 campaign.
"If it wasn't for my coaches from grade school through high school and club, I wouldn't be the player I am today," said Johnson. "I would like to extend a special thank you to Chuck Lynde of the Rockford Wildcats for encouraging me to play basketball starting in third grade. I'm proud to become a student at Saint Xavier University, because it is such a great school and I'm also excited to be a part of such a successful basketball program."
Johnson is the daughter of Dan and Jodee Johnson of Rockford. She plans to pursue a degree in nursing when she joins SXU for the 2011-12 academic year. At Rockford Boylan Catholic High School, Johnson was coached by Paul Perrone. Johnson was also named to the U.S. Junior Nationals Championship All-Star Team this past summer.
"I think Malloree is a great catch for us," said Saint Xavier women's basketball coach Bob Hallberg. "She fits right in line with a great group of guards we have had over the last few years in our program. I think her style of play is a perfect fit."
Saint Xavier wrapped up its best season to date last March with an overall record of 31-2. The Cougars also won the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) regular season and tournament titles, recorded their best regular season mark (27-1) and advanced to the NAIA's "Elite Eight" for the first time in the program's 10-year history.