Mckenzie Johnston named 2024 British Basketball League All-Star

Leicester Riders captain Mckenzie Johnston has been named to the 2024 British Basketball League All-Star team.

Team South Head Coach, Stella Kaltisdou, picked Johnston as one of her six reserves to suit up at the Copper Box Arena on March 24. 

This comes after Riders guard Sam Ashby was named an All-Star starter a week ago.

The full All-Star teams are as follows:

GuardGeorgia Anderson (c)- Manchester GiantsShanice Beckford-Norton- London Lions
GuardGeorgia Gayle- Sheffield HattersSam Ashby- Leicester Riders
ForwardHarriet Ittewill-Soulsby- Durham PalatinatesAllison Day- Oaklands Wolves
ForwardEmma Eichmeyer- Sheffield HattersTemi Fagbenle- London Lions
CentreKirsty Brown– Caledonia GladiatorsMegan Gustafson- London Lions
ReserveLakan James- Caledonia GladiatorsMcKenzie Johnston- Leicester Riders
ReserveMadison Washington- Sheffield HattersHaylee Saurette- Cardiff Met Archers
ReserveMyah Pace- Manchester GiantsMari Stewart- Nottingham Wildcats
ReserveAriadna Pujol- Caledonia GladiatorsCaterrion Thompson- Oaklands Wolves
ReserveJanika Griffith Wallace- Durham PalatinatesKat Tudor- Essex Rebels
Savannah Wilkinson- London Lions

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McKenzie Johnston named to Team of the Week

Riders captain Mckenzie Johnston was named to the Women’s British Basketball League Team of the Week for her performance against Oaklands Wolves this weekend.

Johnston put up 19 points, nine rebounds and five assists in the Riders’ 92-78 win, grabbing four boards on the offensive end.

The Montana-born guard went 6-11 from the field, making both of her three-point attempts and going perfect on her five foul shots.

She made headlines with her one-in-a-million full-court heave, finding nothing but string from her own foul line to close the opening half.

Johnston is averaging 15.5 and seven rebounds through the first two games of the season, hitting the ground running in her second year in Riders red.

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Riders retain Johnston

Leicester Riders can announce the retention of American guard McKenzie Johnston to their 2023/24 roster. 

Helping the Riders to all three domestic finals last season, she averaged 8.3 points, 6.4 assists and 6.1 rebounds per game in the WBBL Championship. 

Johnston signed a two-year deal last summer to play in the WBBL alongside studying for her master’s at Loughborough University.

The club would like to thank the University for their support. 

“I enjoyed my last season with the Riders, so I’m looking forward to getting back and building on what we built last with a new group,” said Johnston. 

“The team will be different, but Coach Ben is doing a great job of getting the right group of people together to be successful.” 

“We’re very excited to have McKenzie back with us,” said Head Coach Ben Stanley. 

“She’s a proven factor, and there are very few players that are as creative and selfless as her in this league. Her impact as a leader is also unquantifiable for us, and I’m really looking forward to working with her.”