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Sky adds MSU's Johnson to training camp roster

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  • Michigan State's Lykendra Johnson (30) has signed a training camp contract with the Chicago Sky. Johnson, a 6-1 forward, was an all-Big Ten performer for the Spartans.

      Michigan State's Lykendra Johnson (30) has signed a training camp contract with the Chicago Sky. Johnson, a 6-1 forward, was an all-Big Ten performer for the Spartans.
    Associated Press

  • Michigan State's Lykendra Johnson drives against Purdue's Chelsea Jones in the 2012 Big 10 tournament. Johnson, an undrafted free agent, will have a tryout with the Chicago Sky.

      Michigan State's Lykendra Johnson drives against Purdue's Chelsea Jones in the 2012 Big 10 tournament. Johnson, an undrafted free agent, will have a tryout with the Chicago Sky.
    Associated Press

 
By Daily Herald News Services

The Chicago Sky has signed forward Lykendra Johnson, a Chicagoan, to a training camp contract.

Johnson, an undrafted free agent from Michigan State University, averaged 10.8 points and 8.6 rebounds per game in her senior season at Michigan State to lead the Spartans to the 2012 NCAA Tournament. The 6-foot-1 forward was a three time all-Big Ten selection and won the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year award in 2011, her junior season.

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"Lykendra caught our eye as a junior with her tenacious ability to rebound the ball," said Sky head coach and GM Pokey Chatman. "She is a talented and versatile player. As well as she scores and rebounds, Lykendra is a premiere defender."

After competing in 131 games for the Spartans, Johnson finished 11th all-time at Michigan State in scoring with 1,242 points, second all-time in rebounds with 1,018, third all-time in blocks with 147 and fourth in steals with 224. She is also only the fifth Big Ten student athlete ever to have reached 1,000 points, 900 rebounds, 200 steals and 100 blocks in her career.

A native of Chicago, Johnson played for Trinity High School in River Forest, where she was ranked among the top 10 forwards in the country her senior season.

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