Saturday, July 9, 2016
VUU's Kiana Johnson to Play Pro Ball in Finland
DUBLIN, Ohio -- The reigning NCAA Div. II Player of the Year, Kiana Johnson, will travel to Forssa, Finland later this summer to play professionally for the Forssan Alku club of the top Finnish league for women. Forssan Alku finished fourth in the league last season and has a rich history, winning nine league titles in a row in the 1990s.
Kiana's agent, Matthew C. Krejci, Esq., of MK Sports and Entertainment LLC (Dublin, OH) said, "The Finnish league is good competition with 25 or more American players spread around the 9 teams in any given year. It will be a good test for Kiana, but I believe she will shine on the court and put up big numbers as she did last year at Virginia Union." Kiana led all of NCAA women's basketball last season in scoring average at 29.2 points/game. She was also second in NCAA Div. II in total assists (268) and shot 40% from 3-point range. Kiana headlined the WBCA All America First Team, was CIAA Player of the Year, and was named the VaSID Player of the Year and the Virginia Player of the Year by the Richmond Times-Dispatch. She led the Virginia Union Panthers to a 28-3 record and an Elite 8 appearance in the NCAA Div. II Tournament.
Jari Marjamaki, coach of Forssan Alku said, "We are happy to have signed Kiana as our first American player this season and look forward to building the team around such a talented player."
Kiana will graduate from Virginia Union later this year with a degree in psychology. She played her first three years at Michigan State University, starting in 58 games. Kiana is a product of Whitney Young High School, Chicago, Illinois.
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