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The 6-3 guard from California recently graduated from NCAA Division I school UC Davis, where he helped lead the Aggies to the National Invitational Tournament (NIT) in 2015. A menace on the defensive end and a deadeye 3-point shooter, Johnson gives the Cobras an outstanding two-way perimeter threat to pair with All-SEABL guards Kyle Adnam and Joel Naburgs.

“I’m extremely excited to be a part of the Kilsyth Cobras and to leave the States for the first time,” Johnson said.

“I’m happy my first professional experience is in a beautiful place like Melbourne and I’m expecting big things out of both myself and the program, and the opportunity to improve.”

Kilsyth Head Coach Rod Popp is thrilled to have Johnson on board for the new season and expects the athletic guard to play a big role as the Cobras look to climb back to the top of the South Conference.

“I feel really good about having Avery join our group; he’s an unselfish, team first guy that has come from a well coached and successful team,” Cobras Head Coach Rod Popp said.

“Avery is an outstanding defender with the versatility to guard various positions and he shoots the 3-pointer very well, so he should fit nicely into our system.”

In his final season at UC Davis, Johnson was named a starter in all 32 games and was a key reason why the Aggies posted the top three-point percentage in the country. His .410 shooting clip from three was the eighth highest among all league players, but it was his defensive prowess that forged his reputation within the Big West Conference.

With his quick hands, Johnson’s 1.22 steals per game average ranked him tenth among all conference players. His ability to contain opponents’ top scorers, and minimise their effect on the game, helped UC Davis post new school records for the most overall, home, Big West, non-conference and road victories in a single season.

The heartbeat of the Aggies’ defence was a key reason why the 2014-15 team won its inaugural conference championship, secured its first-ever postseason berth as a Division I program, recorded a +16 win differential — the highest in the nation and new Big West record — and received a No. 8 national mid-major ranking.

“What I will bring to the team is my energy, defensive abilities and relentless attitude,” Johnson added.

“In the mean time, I will be training with my skills coach and strength coach working to get better everyday (before leaving for Kilsyth).”

Johnson is expected to arrive in early 2016 to join the Cobras when they begin their preseason. In the meantime, fans can learn more about Johnson here and catch a glimpse of what he has to offer in his highlight video below:

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