Before every home game at Terryville high school, after the away teams starting lineup is announced, the Kangaroos lineup, as their fans stand and cheer, is announced one by one with one senior being the last player announced.
“Senior, number 21, “Mr. Everything,” Jacob Johnson,” the Terryville announcer said.
The Terryville announcer wasn’t exaggerating calling Johnson; “Mr. Everything” because he in fact did a little bit of everything for the Kangaroos.
“My Spanish teacher, Mr. McDermott, gave me that nickname, after he saw a couple of games,” Johnson said.
The stats back it up, he averaged 17.4 points per-game, he hit the boards, averaging 8.5 rebounds per-game and he set up his teammates with 6.0 assist per-game.
Johnson wasn’t Terryville’s leading scorer, teammate and fellow senior Tyler Trillo was with 17.8 points per-game and he didn’t lead the team in assists that was junior Shea Tracy with 7.0 dimes per-game.
“I just tried to get everyone the ball, try to rebound and score when I needed to,” Johnson said.
He also was the best defensive player, always guarding the opponent’s best offensive player, on the best boys basketball team in area, who finished with a 22-2 record overall, a Berkshire League regular season and tournament championship.
“I think I was more of a playmaker earlier and I had to do more as I got older,” Johnson said. “I got better with each year.”
Johnson along with Trillo started as freshmen for the Kangaroos and head coach Mark Fowler.
“It was definitely a growth, especially on defense,” Fowler said. “He was not a great defender as a freshman, but he wanted to be a great all-around player and he realized how important defense was, about mid-way through his sophomore year he turned the corner to be a great defender and then his junior year it clicked.”
Johnson would continue to improve and get better at everything, heading into his senior year.
“He just starting doing it all, he knew we needed all of those things to win,” Fowler said.
Being “Mr. Everything” didn’t stop when he left the court.
“With him it starts with the respect on the court, he shows up every day and gives the same effort in practice that he gives in a game and that commands respect,” Fowler said. “He is always there for his teammates, whether they need a ride or an extra buck when they would have team dinners at Five Guys, he brought a family feeling to the team.”
For all his hard work on and off the court Johnson has received numerous awards, on top of being the the Litchfield County All-Area boys basketball MVP, he won the Ed Sadlon Award for being an Outstanding Player and Exemplary Sportsmanship in the Berkshire League, the Leon Veretta Award and the Superintendent Award.
“He is a very rare player to do all of those things,” Fowler said.