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Lumberjacks tab Johnson to be the 'next Des'

NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) -

It was a moment that forever changed SFA.

It's Desmond Haymon's three-pointer he sunk while getting fouled, then made the free throw to take last year's NCAA Tournament game against VCU into over time, where the 'Jacks took care of business and advanced for the first time in program history

That was last year and Haymon no longer puts on that uniform come game day.

But it's March, and there's a big chance SFA will need another play like that to pull them through.

"Oh goodness, you have to pick one?" said Coach Brad Underwood. "I think Jared Johnson."

"I think they way right now the way we're playing right now, Jared," said Senior Jacob Parker.

But let's see what the man himself had to say.

"Yeah that's him for sure," Haymon said. "Guaranteed, there can't be another Des but to make it yes."

So let's meet the junior juco transfer.

"That's an honor especially because we have a lot of great players, guys that are capable of making that shot as well, for guys to say that that I'm probably the one to make a play like that, that's a big honor for me," Johnson said.

"I think Jared's got the moxy, the savy," Underwood said.

"Jared can really step in he hits some big time shots," Parker said.

"Everyody will be worrying about Tom [Walkup], everybody will be worrying about Jacob and Jared would probably be the guy that would dropkick one in from the corner and send SFA into a very happy oblivion again," Underwood said.

"He just does some crazy things, makes crazy tough shots," Haymon said.

And according to Johnson, it's without a doubt how he would do it.

"That's probably my signature shot, the three-point shot," Johnson said.

While Haymon hasn't stepped on the court this season, he's stuck around on the coaching side, and has played a big role in mentoring all the guys, Johnson especially.

"He's really one of the reasons why my confidence has gotten to the point where it is now," Johnson said. "Just because he's talked to me and he's gotten me ready for these moments."

"I said it last year he has a unique ability to lead people and to draw people to him and there's no question having him as a part of what we do is is huge for us," Underwood said.

"It's something we're growing here at SFA just continue to see SFA's name on the national stage," Haymon said.

Now, senior Jacob Parker came in as a close second in the team poll as to who could also pull off a "Desmond Haymon."

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