Three Hoopsters Make Up ‘03-04 Recruiting Class
Thursday, May 22, 2003
May 22, 2003

Bemidji, Minn. - Forward Sherwin Johnson (Macon, Ga.), forward Amir Major (Chicago, Ill.) and guard James Roberson (Chicago, Ill.) make up the first group of signees for the 2003-04 Bemidji State University men’s basketball team. Major and Roberson played with current junior forward Charles “Buster” Hanks (Chicago, Ill.) at Paul Robeson High School while Johnson played at Southwest Macon High School with former Neosho Community College players, the same junior college where Jeff Guiot was the head coach from 1993-2000.

Johnson, a 6’6”, 205 lb. forward at Pratt Community College, was the team’s second leading rebounder (5.3 rpg) and fifth leading scorer (7.7 ppg) in 2001-02. He appeared in all 23 games as Pratt went 15-16 on the season. As a sophomore, Johnson maintained averages of 10 points, seven rebounds while playing the power forward position. Pratt, a member of the Jayhawk Conference, tallied a 7-23 overall record in 2002-03. While a prep star at Southwest Macon High School, Johnson was an Georgia Honorable-Mention All-State Class AAA selection his final season. Also, Johnson was recognized on the Region 4-A team as a senior.

“Sherwin played in the best junior college league in the country and almost averaged a double-double,” said Guiot. “He is a versatile player who can play several different positions. His skills along with his outstanding character make him a great fit in our system. He will be a major impact on our program.”

As a freshman at Lincoln Community College (Ill.), Major scored 10.3 points, grabbed 4.7 rebounds and dished out 1.4 assists per contest. The 6’6 forward appeared in all 19 contests tying for second on the club in rebounds, third in three-pointers (16) and free throws (41). Major was a member of the national tournament program last season.

“He is long and shoots the ball well”, said Guiot. “He is very mobile for his size. He has the tools to be as good as he wants to be.”

Roberson, a 5’10” guard, contributed averages of 11.5 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 4.0 apg and 1.1 spg for the Lynx of Lincoln C.C. in 2001-02. He led the program in assists and was second in treys (25) and field goal percentage (.547), going 52 of 95 from the field. His scoring average was good for third on the team. Roberson helped lead Lincoln to a national tournament appearance last season.

“Roberson is very explosive, strong and his 190 lb. frame is all muscle”, said Guiot. “He sees the floor extremely well and has the knack to finish off some unbelievable shots. Our style of play will fit him perfectly.”

Bemidji State finished 17-12 overall last year and has totaled 34 victories in the past two season’s - the most since the 1972-74 seasons. Also, BSU led the country in three-pointers per game (11.7) and since 1987, finished with the sixth-highest season total (338) of treys in NCAA Division II.