Two AHC men’s basketball players sign letters of intent

Posted at 6:32 PM, May 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-28 21:32:53-04

Two Allan Hancock men’s basketball players signed letters of intent to play at four-year universities Thursday afternoon.

Mike Mensah will be heading to the University of Maryland Eastern Shore and Grant Johnson is staying in-state and playing with Holy Names University in Oakland. Will Silmon will be pursuing academics at Cal State Fullerton.

Mensah was averaging over 12 points per game before suffering an injury midway through the 2019-20 season. A two-year player for the Bulldogs, Mensah will be joining teammate, Mayowa Akinsanya, at Maryland Eastern Shore.

“It feels great. It makes this whole process a lot easier having someone that I consider like a brother to me to go through it,” said Mensah. “It’s not an opportunity a lot of people get; to keep trusting the process and going through that journey with a teammate that you just spent two years with. It’s really exciting, really humbling.”

Johnson started 26 of the Bulldogs’ 30 games in his sophomore season with AHC. He averaged over 8 points per game while leading the team from the free throw line shooting 88.5%. Johnson will join former Allan Hancock basketball player, Mitch L’Allier, at Holy Names.

“I’m personally from the Central Valley (Bakersfield), but I have family up in North Cal. I have family that’s actually in the Bay Area and a lot of family in Sacramento,” said Johnson. “It was really beautiful for that to happen. I’m really blessed. My coach coming in is actually a new head coach there, so it’s just a whole rebuild of the program.”