Johnson Inks NLI to Bluefield March 15, 2011 | RSS Courtesy of Statesville Record and Landmark Staff Statesville, NC-- Ty Johnson was only at North Iredell for one season. He turned that one season into a full scholarship to a Division 2 school – the first at North Iredell in Tony Davenport’s five seasons as the Raiders’ head coach. Johnson on Thursday signed a National Letter of Intent to attend Bluefield College, a Christian, liberal arts school in southwest Virginia. Johnson said the decision was the best for himself and his family, and he added the Rams will move up to Division 1 in his sophomore season. “It is a good feeling to have a kid I coached be able to fulfill one of his dreams, which is to play college basketball,” Davenport said. Johnson said he was the Rams’ first choice at guard. The coaches told him to stay in shape and to work on his vertical leap while finishing high school. The senior averaged 14 points, four rebounds and four assists per game during his only season at North Iredell. He moved to North Iredell after playing at North Wilkes. “Definitely, the competition was just so much better than my old conference,” Johnson said. “Just the speed, and the kids were such good athletes. It helped me get used to playing against people who are quicker and how to make it up on defense when people are quicker.” He also made good plays on offense, but his basketball mind could be his best attribute as a player. “He could shoot the ball well, but being able to understand the game was his biggest asset,” Davenport said.