Louis Johnson off to Finland
September 4, 2012 – Louis Johnson will take off today for Finland to start the next step in his professional career. The Pro Partner Sports Management client will join Namika Lahti in Finland’s top league. Johnson earned Center of the Year honors last season in Slovakia with MBK Rieker Komarno, averaging 12.9ppg and 8.0rpg while leading his club to the championship series. Johnson has been a hot name on the free agent market this summer and Coach Ilkka Palviainen is confident that the 6’8″ forward can bring a much-needed inside presence to the club on both ends of the court.
For Louis, the trip to Lahti and the Korisliga is an opportunity to follow in the footsteps of players like Ricky Hickman (Maccabi Tel Aviv/Israel), Ryan Ayers (Boulazac/France), and James Mathis (Boulogne, Atlantique/France) who all proved their abilities in the small town and moved on to some of Europe’s biggest markets. For now, restoring Lahti at the top of the league is the only objective though. “I’ve been talking with Coach and I’m excited about what we can accomplish,” said Johnson, “I know what my role needs to be for this team and I’ve worked hard this off-season to get in the best shape of my life.”
Pro Partner agent Jim Buckley said of the signing, “Louis has been tremendously productive and consistent at every stop in his career and we fully expect this season will be no exception. Finland has taken such impressive strides to enhance its basketball infrastructure over the past seven or eight years and it’s become a place that players can go and be confident that they’re improving themselves and their careers. We’re excited to see what Louis and Lahti will accomplish together.”