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Johnson’s Visconti On Verge of Scoring His 200th Point
2/10/2018 12:01 PM

For Johnson senior George Visconti perhaps it should be reported that the number he strives for is 5.0 instead of 2,000.

With a grade-point average of 4.7, he stands at the top of his senior class.

Once the Central Jersey, Group 2 playoffs commence for the Crusaders on Feb. 27 his quest to return to the final and win it this time begins.

Becoming one of less than 100 players in state history to score 2,000 points is way down on his list of what really matters.

School first.

Team second.

George Visconti third.

The Johnson boys’ basketball team is producing a second straight winning season and has qualified for the CJ, G2 playoffs a third consecutive year. The Crusaders also captured a share of the Union County Conference’s Sky Division championship after winning the division outright the past two years.

Winning seasons, state tournament appearances, division championships rarely happened until Visconti began to make an impact, immediately, his freshman season three years ago.

Ninety-four varsity games later – and he has not missed one – his career point total stands at 1,957.

Visconti (6-4) is on the verge of becoming the first player in Union County to reach 2,000 points since Roselle Catholic guard Isaiah Briscoe finished with 2,176 in 2015.

Johnson is at Plainfield Saturday at 1 p.m. in Union County Tournament play. The Crusaders then play at Delaware Valley Tuesday night at 7.

The remaining 43 points could be produced during those two contests.

Johnson’s next two games after DV are at Brick and at Pequannock. The Crusaders are not scheduled to play at home again until Feb. 27 when they host South River in a first round CJ, G2 encounter.

Visconti, 18, became Johnson’s all-time leading scorer last year. He is one of three boys’ basketball players at the Clark school to score 1,000 points.

His sister Stephanie, now a student at Monmouth University, graduated two years ago with a total of 1,059.

His parents – George Sr. and Leslie – are 1988 Johnson Regional graduates.

When you see Visconti on the court he is the player who wears No. 14. Why No. 14?

“I’ve worn it from 3 rd grade on,” Visconti said. “I didn’t know what number I wanted, so I chose 14 because it’s my dad’s birthday – June 14.”

Basketball for Visconti goes back to kindergarten age and includes Recreation teams in Clark. His 8 th grade team went 13-2.

“I didn’t know what kind of success I could have in high school, but I thought I could definitely be a contributor,” Visconti said. “Making varsity my freshman year was definitely exciting.”

Visconti said, “I’ve been open-minded about the entire college process.”

Schools such as Swarthmore and Marist have come to see him play. In addition to his interest in several Patriot League and Ivy League schools there is also Carnegie Melon and Johns Hopkins in the mix. Visconti has already been accepted to Villanova’s engineering program.

“My decision will come after the season,” Visconti continued. “I want to go away, but stay on the east coast.”

The course of studies that most interest him include engineering, finance, physics, business and computer science.

So far Visconti has managed to navigate through a varsity basketball career that sees him on the brink of joining an elite list of players.

Yet when sitting down and talking hoops with the Johnson senior I got the impression that he would gladly trade every single one of those points for a CJ, G2 state championship.

Stay tuned.  

GEORGE VISCONTI SEASON-BY SEASON BREAKDOWN:

Freshman year – 2014-2015 – Johnson went 12-12

24 games, 429 points, 17.9 average, 24 3s

Sophomore year – 2015-2016 – Johnson went 12-13 and made states

25 games, 594 points, 23.8 average, 40 3s

Junior year – 2016-2017 – Johnson went 22-5 and made states again

27 games, 567 points, 21.0 average, 55 3s

Senior year – 2017-2018 – Johnson is 12-6 through Feb. 8 and made states again

18 games, 367 points, 20.4 average, 42 3s

 

CAREER TOTALS THROUGH TEAM’S FIRST 18 GAMES THIS YEAR:

94 games (has not missed one), 1,957 points, 20.8 average, 161 3s

 

SEASON-HIGH GAMES:

Freshman year – 2014-2015:

Game 12 – a 70-49 home win over Brearley on Jan. 20, 2015

Visconti scored 29.

Sophomore year – 2015-2016:

Game 9 – a 76-74 OT loss at home to New Providence on Jan. 14, 2016

Visconti scored 39 (which is his career-high).

Junior year – 2016-2017:

Game 2 – an 81-54 win at Roselle Park on Dec. 20, 2016

Visconti scored 36.

Senior year (through first 18 games) – 2017-2018:

Game 12 – an 81-51 win at Roselle Park on Jan. 23, 2018

Game 18 – a 77-76 loss at home to Summit on Feb. 8, 2018

Visconti scored 30 in both games.

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