If anyone needs proof of the effectiveness of coaching by new P.K. Yonge boys basketball coach Broderick Johnson, one needs only to look inside of the Blue Wave gym.
There you will find plenty of references to his daughter, Niya Johnson, Baylor’s all-time assist leader and standout on P.K. Yonge’s state championship basketball teams of 2010 and 2012.
Of course, Broderick Johnson had a front row seat on those as an assistant coach with Willie Powers.
After four seasons with Palm Beach Atlantic University, Broderick Johnson is back at P.K. Yonge as new boys basketball coach, introduced to the Blue Wave nation.
“I’m really excited to coach at a school that I’m very familiar with,” he said. “That has had much success, especially on girls side. I’m looking to do it on boys side. Return to Lakeland and try to win a state championship.”
A year ago, the Blue Wave, under coach Billy Blackmon, lost in the Class 4A state semifinals to The Master’s Academy (52-48).
Blackmon left with his wife, volleyball coach Ziva Recek Blackmon, who joined the University of the Incarnate Word Volleyball program in Texas.
“I’m excited about the opportunity to change their lives beyond basketball,” Johnson said. “Do they still have that hunger?
“I’ve been through that process six times prior, winning a couple of state championships. Work is going to be that much harder. I told them instead of being the hunter, you have become the hunted. One of the things, a transitional period with myself and how I do things, They have bought into it.”
P.K. Yonge will return its top scorer in junior Jalen Speer and the bulk of last season’s team, including senior point guard Israel Wilcox, who hit the last-second shot to beat No. 2 Jacksonville Providence in the regional finals.
“It is going a fun ride, looking forward to it,” Johnson said. “If you put in the work, rewards will come.
“I pretty much groomed her (Niya). Results speak for themselves, hanging inside the PK gym.”