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DMV Star of the Week - Garrett Johnson

Every week, across several sports, players around the DMV (D.C./Maryland/Virginia) shine in individual performance. Every Monday, I’d like to take a minute to highlight some of those performances, including what I view as the best performance and name that athlete the “DMV Star of the Week.”


This week’s DMV Star of the Week is George Washington basketball Forward Garrett Johnson.

The 6'8 freshman Johnson led the team in scoring in his GW debut on Monday night, scoring 21 points, knocking down five three’s along the way, and hauling in 9 rebounds in 24 minutes.

It was just six months removed from Johnson’s final round of chemotherapy for a rare tumor in his leg, enduring multiple surgeries and 9 full rounds of chemo, taking him away from basketball for over two years.

To even play, let alone thrive on the court, is incredible.

To follow up his 21 point opening night performance, Johnson scored 15 in the win over William & Mary, blocking 2 shots, and grabbing 6 rebounds along the way.

Paired with the prolific scorer James Bishop IV and a handful of other exciting freshmen and the returning A-10 Rookie of the Year Maximus Edwards, George Washington may have a team to be reckoned with this season.


The DMV saw ten teams in action this past week, including the Washington Commanders, Washington Wizards, Washington Capitals, the Maryland and Howard football teams, and the Maryland, Howard, Georgetown, George Washington, and American basketball teams

Here are some honorable mention performances for DMV Star of the Week:

  • Washington Capitals Winger Alex Ovechkin scored 2 goals in the Caps 4-1 win over the Islanders on Saturday

  • Maryland Football defensive back Tarheeb Still had 2 interceptions and 7 tackles in Saturday's 13-10 win over Nebraska

  • Georgetown basketball forward Supreme Cook had 19 points and 13 rebounds in the Hoyas opening game win over Le Moyne on Tuesday night

  • Howard football RB Jarett Hunter rushed for 113 yards and 2 scores in the Bison’s 50-20 win over NC Central

  • Washington Commanders Quarterback Sam Howell threw for 312 yards and 3 touchdowns in the Commanders 29-26 loss to the Seahawks on Sunday

  • Washington Capitals Forward Evgeny Kuznetsov scored twice in Washington’s 4-2 win over New Jersey on Friday

  • Howard Football QB Quinton Williams threw for 277 yards and 3 touchdowns, rushing for 15 yards and another score, in Saturday’s 50-20 win over NC Central

  • Washington Wizards Forward Kyle Kuzma scored 33 points and hauled in 9 rebounds and dished out 4 assists in Washington’s 132-116 win over Charlotte on Wednesday

  • Washington Commanders running back Brian Robinson led the team in rushing with 38 yards and receiving with 119 yards and a touchdown on 6 catches in the loss to the Seahawks on Sunday

  • George Washington basketball’s James Bishop IV scored 32 points and had 5 rebounds and 5 assists in the Revolutionaries 95-89 win over William & Mary on Saturday

  • Howard football wide receiver Kasey Hawthorne had 114 yards and 2 touchdowns on 6 catches in Saturday’s win

  • Maryland football kicker Jack Howes made two field goals in the 4th quarter against Nebraska, including the 24 yard game-winner as time expired to win 13-10


Here’s what’s coming up this week in DMV Sports:

  • Washington Commanders (4-6, 3rd in NFC East)

    • 11/19 vs. New York Giants

  • Washington Capitals (7-4-2, 3rd in Metropolitan Division)

    • 11/14 vs. Las Vegas

    • 11/18 vs. Columbus

  • Washington Wizards (2-7, 14th in Eastern Conference)

    • 11/13 @ Toronto

    • 11/15 vs. Dallas

    • 11/17 vs. New York (NBA In-Season Tournament - Group Stage)

  • Maryland Terrapins Football (6-4 overall, 3-4, 4th in Big 10 East)

    • *11/18 vs. #2 Michigan

  • Howard Bison Football (5-5 overall, 3-1, T-1st in MEAC)

    • 11/18 vs. Morgan State

  • Maryland Terrapins Basketball (1-2 overall, 0-0, 14th in Big 10)

    • 11/17 @ #22 Villanova

  • Howard Bison Basketball (1-2 overall, 0-0, T-5th in MEAC)

    • 11/14 vs. Boston University

    • 11/18 @ Rutgers

  • Georgetown Hoyas Basketball (1-1 overall, 0-0, 10th in Big East)

    • 11/15 @ Rutgers

    • 11/18 vs. Mount St Mary’s

    • *11/19 vs. American

  • George Washington Revolutionaries Basketball (2-0 overall, 0-0, T-2nd in Atlantic 10)

    • 11/14 vs. Hofstra

    • 11/18 vs. New Hampshire

  • American University Eagles Basketball (0-2 overall, 0-0, T-5th in Patriot League)

    • 11/13 vs. Siena

    • 11/16 vs. NJIT

    • *11/19 @ Georgetown

*Denotes games I will be covering in-person


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