Standout Johnson senior George Visconti reaches highly-coveted 2,000-point scoring plateau; Helps lead Crusaders to their 14th win

PHOTO COURTESY OF GENE NANN – George Visconti is now one of less than 100 players in state history to score 2,000 career points.

JOHNSON SENIOR BOYS’ BASKETBALL PLAYER
GEORGE VISCONTI (No. 14)

George Visconti scored 26 points to bring his career total to 2,009 in a 61-50 win at Delaware Valley on Monday night, Feb. 12, 2018.

Congratulations to Johnson High School’s all-time leading scorer on reaching and passing 2,000 career points.

Well done!

JOHNSON BOYS’ BASKETBALL 2017-2018:
(14-6 overall, 9-1 won share of UCC’s Sky Division title with New Providence)

Dec. 15: Johnson 68, New Providence 58 – at Johnson
George Visconti 16 points – put him at 1,606

Dec. 19: Johnson 86, Roselle Park 59 – at Johnson
George Visconti 27 points – put him at 1,633

Dec. 23: Johnson 55, New Egypt 37 – at Johnson
George Visconti 18 points – put him at 1,651

Dec. 27: Rahway 74, Johnson 68 – at Rahway
George Visconti 26 points – put him at 1,677

Dec. 29: Holmdel 53, Johnson 50 – at Rahway
George Visconti 19 points – put him at 1,696

Jan. 6: Johnson 67, Christ the King 53 – at Johnson
George Visconti 28 points – put him at 1,724

Jan. 11: Johnson 51, Oratory Prep 39 – at Johnson
George Visconti 20 points – put him at 1,744

Jan. 14: Union 58, Johnson 47 – at Kean University
George Visconti 13 points – put him at 1,757

Jan. 16: Johnson 48, Brearley 27 – at Brearley
George Visconti 5 points – put him at 1,762

Jan. 18: New Providence 79, Johnson 65 – at New Providence
George Visconti 20 points – put him at 1,782

Jan. 20: St. Peter’s Prep 59, Johnson 51 – at Kean University
George Visconti 18 points – put him at 1,800

Jan. 23: Johnson 81, Roselle Park 51 – at Roselle Park
George Visconti 30 points – put him at 1,830

Jan. 27: Johnson 59, Oratory Prep 38 – at Oratory Prep
George Visconti 18 points – put him at 1,848

Jan. 30: Johnson 73, Dayton 41 – at Dayton
George Visconti 21 points – put him at 1,869

Feb. 1: Johnson 72, Brearley 39 – a Johnson
George Visconti 19 points – put him at 1,888

Feb. 3: Johnson 72, St. Rose, Belmar 44 – at Roselle Catholic
George Visconti 20 points – put him at 1,908

Feb. 6: Johnson 69, Dayton 41 – at Johnson
George Visconti 19 points – put him at 1,927

Feb. 8: Summit 77, Johnson 76 – at Johnson
George Visconti 30 points – put him at 1,957

Feb. 10: 14-Johnson 62, 11-Plainfield 52 – UCT first round at Plainfield
George Visconti 26 points – put him at 1,983

Feb. 12: Johnson 61, Delaware Valley 50 – at Delaware Valley
George Visconti 26 points – (he did it!) – puts him at 2,009.
Visconti reached 2,000 points in 96 games.

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 14-6 through Feb. 12 and has made states again

20 games, 419 points, 21.0 average, 45 3s

 

CAREER TOTALS THROUGH TEAM’S FIRST 20 GAMES THIS YEAR:

96 games (has not missed one), 2,009 points, 20.9 average, 164 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 20 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.

NOTES: Johnson won the UCC’s Sky Division championship outright in

2015-2016 and 2016-2017, the program’s first division titles.

Johnson started 17-1 last year and then reached the Central Jersey,

Group 2 state championship game.

 

2,000 POINT BOYS’ BASKETBALL SCORERS IN NEW JERSEY

(the list continues to grow):

Dajuan Wagner, Camden (2001) – 3,462

John Somogyi, St. Peter’s, New Brunswick (1968) – 3,310

Paul Gause, Schalick (2005) – 3,146

Reggie Welch, Woodrow Wilson (1992) – 2,938

Les Cason, East Rutherford (1971) – 2,871

Ernest Turner, Sterling (2001) – 2,806

Kent Culuko, Mahwah (1991) – 2,780

Kevin Walls, Camden (1984) – 2,775

Joe Crispin, Pitman (1997) – 2,654

LaMarr Greer, Middle Township (1994) – 2,637

Ron Payton, Hun (1978) – 2,624

John Gerdy, Passaic Valley (1975) – 2,613

Pat Sullivan, Bogota (1990) – 2,546

Quincy Lee, Paulsboro (1992) – 2,543

Reggie Miller, Pleasantville (1976) – 2,505

Corey Raji, Westwood (2007) – 2,497

Trey Lowe, Ewing (2015) – 2,492

Clayton Brown, Palmyra (1998) – 2,446

Nate Johnson, Camden (1996) – 2,424

Greg Barr, Camden (1992) – 2,380

Bill Willoughby, Englewood (1975) – 2,371

Mike Edwards, Eastern (1989) – 2,351

Matt Tobin, Hopatcong (2011) – 2,350

Larry Bland, Glassboro (1986) – 2,339

Jon Crispin, Pitman (1999) – 2,324

Ahmad Hassan, Leonia (2007) – 2,314

Chris Jent, Sparta (1988) – 2,287

Ernie Goodis, MKSD (1975) – 2,284

Kelly Tripucka, Bloomfield (1977) – 2,278

John Blackgrove, Pascack Valley (2001) – 2,237

Tim Thomas, Paterson Catholic (1996) – 2,232

Mike Gibney, Wood-Ridge (2013) – 2,214

Rick Apodaca, North Bergen (1999) – 2,206

Tom Sienkiewicz, Becton (1977) – 2,202

Ray Lucas, Harrison (1991) – 2,198

Bill Raftery, St. Cecilia’s of Kearny (1959) – 2,193

Isaiah Briscoe, Roselle Catholic (2015) – 2,176

Eric Williams, Newark Academy (1975) – 2,163

Kevin Harvey, Paulsboro (1996) – 2,161

John Leahy, Middle Township (1990) – 2,139

Victor Carstarphen, Camden (1998) – 2,136

Glenn Sekunda, Parsippany Hills (1991) – 2,130

Keith Gorman, Gloucester (1998) – 2,128

Sandy Burgos, Fort Lee (2010) – 2,121

Jeff Schiffner, Mendham (2000) – 2,112

Keon Lawrence, Weequahic (2006) – 2,109

Davon Reed, Princeton Day (2013) – 2,102

Curtis Barnes, Glassboro (1977) – 2,096

Dennis Tobin, Hopatcong (1978) – 2,091

Tom Calabrese, Cliffside Park (1974) – 2,088

Chris Orozco, Tenafly (2012) – 2,062

Tim Burns, St. Joseph (2004) – 2,043

Dan Leahy, Wildwood Catholic (1988) – 2,030

Alphonso Gee, Kennedy (2016) – 2,030

Walter Heard, Buena (1991) – 2,027

Richie O’Connor, St. Michaels, JC (1969) – 2,025

Chris Santo, Cherry Hill East (2011) – 2,013

Rob Tucker, Morristown-Beard (1980) – 2,013

Justin Crosgile, DePaul (2009) – 2,010

Dan Earl, Shawnee (1993) – 2,006

Milt Wagner, Camden (1981) – 2,003

Charlie Nanick, Pompton Lakes (1993) – 2,003

Ja’Quaye James, Teaneck (2018) – 2,000 and counting

Accomplished Jan. 1, 2018.

Jalen Carey, Montclair Immaculate (2018) – 2,000 and counting

Accomplished Feb. 1, 2018.

Kyion Flanders, Wildwood (2018) – 2,000 and counting

Accomplished Feb. 10, 2018.

George Visconti, Johnson (2018) – 2,000 and counting

Accomplished Feb. 12, 2018.

WEB SOURCES:

Philly.com – South Jersey

Kevin Maloney the Times – Mercer County

Greg Mattura the Record – Bergen/Passaic

Mark Kitchin – Morris/Sussex

Mike Kinney, Steve Tober – Essex

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