Former Charles Herbert Flowers High School basketball standout Patrick Johnson-Agwu signed a one-year deal to play professional basketball oversees in the Regionalliga 1 league in Germany for BG Dorsten.
Even though he is playing in what is considered to be the fourth tier of German basketball, everything is paid for including his house, car and food according to Johnson’s contract. Along with the perks, he will also have a salary to play professional basketball.
Attending all team events and being active in the community with his teammates will be tasks Johnson is responsible for a pro moving forward, the former Jaguars star said.
“When I officially signed, it was very humbling,”said Johnson. “This is just the first step and I want to move on higher and higher, I just have to work 10 times as harder because it’s always someone out there who wants your spot.”
During Johnson’s collegiate career at West Virginia State University, he averaged 22 points and seven rebounds per game as a senior. Several professional scouts from Argentina, Germany, Europe, France and Spain recruited him as well as international agents recruited him to play overseas.
He decided to sign with FIBA agent, Mike Baron in Germany, who played basketball professionally all over Europe, including Germany, Spain, France, Switzerland and Denmark.
“He seemed the most genuine and straightforward,”said Johnson. “All the agents wanted to work with me but some didn’t seem trustworthy. It was a good process though; it definitely tests your patience. I chose Germany because you are guaranteed your money and it’s a good country for basketball.”
Johnson said coaches and other professionals told him his work ethic would be much different at the next level. His decision eventually came down to if the team fits his style of play, and how the team finished in their league last season.
BG Dorsten Head Coach Franjo Lukenda told Johnson that he wants him to be the go-to guy in late-game situations and just play his game at the professional level.
Morgan State guard Ernest Jenkins played with Johnson at West Virginia State for three years before transferring for his senior season. Jenkins said he’s never played with anyone as dominant as Johnson in his life.
“His skill set, his size, his strength, it was pretty fun to play and watch him play,”said Jenkins. “He just makes plays that leave you shaking your head in disbelief. He’s definitely a professional and if he continues to expand his game, he can play with the best of them for sure.”
Johnson’s former AAU coach at Metro All-Stars, Lawrence Alli, said he’s not surprised Johnson is about to play professionally. Alli said he was one of the most versatile and athletic players he’s ever coached.
“He has so much potential, we knew if we could push him and give him the ‘green light’to do what he could do, he would turn a lot of heads and make a name for himself, and that’s exactly what he did. He loves and respects the game so much; he never wanted to do anything else other than hoop.”
Metro All-Stars President and Founder Monte Powell said Johnson exemplified what the team is all about and he is blessed to him apart of the organization.
“He was a quiet assassin on the court playing much bigger than he was. He’s a nice kid, didn’t talk a lot, but played with a vengeance and had the heart of a lion. It was like he had a chip on his shoulder to prove he was just as good as other so-called ranked players.”