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VIDEO: George Visconti Scores 2,000th Career Point in Johnson Win over Delaware Valley HS

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Arthur L. Johnson High School senior George Visconti pictured with his parents, George Sr. and Leslie after the Crusaders' 61-50 win over Delaware Valley HS. He scored 26 points in the win. Credits: Daniel Collins
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Arthur L. Johnson High School senior George Visconti pictured with his teammates and coaches after the win. He secured career point No. 2,000 and 2,001 with a third quarter shot. Credits: Daniel Collins
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Pictured left to right: Johnson boys basketball assistant coach Greg Baker, assistant coach Jon Hadyka, George Visconti, head coach Dave Kennedy and assistant coach Anthony Fischetti. Credits: Daniel Collins
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FRENCHTOWN, NJ-  It was one calendar year ago when Arthur L. Johnson High School senior George Visconti recorded his 1,416th career point, breaking the record and becoming the all-time leading scorer for Johnson Crusaders basketball. On Monday night in Frenchtown, he added to his growing resume of accomplishments by making it to his 2000th  point.

Visconti reached his 2,000th career point (96th career game) milestone in the Crusaders’ 61-50 win over the Delaware Valley High School Terriers. He achieved it by landing  a shot from the lane after dribbling in and putting the ball up with 5:22 left in the third quarter.

The team instantly called a timeout and his teammates and coaches celebrated with him. After the game, he was presented with a plaque and basketball commemorating his accomplishment.

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“It’s an amazing feeling. It’s a pretty rare, individual accomplishment,” Visconti said. “I feel blessed to have achieved my goal.”

He finished the evening with 26 points altogether, along with 11 assists and six rebounds. He scored 16 points alone in the first half.

 “I’m thrilled about George and his accomplishment,” Johnson head coach Dave Kennedy said. “It’s his teammates; it’s his coaching staff, everyone who’s spent time with him. It’s a program and he’s been leading in so many different ways other than scoring.”

After the game, Visconti remained humble while posing for photos with his teammates, coaches, friends and family.

“I have to thank a bunch of people, my family, my mom and my dad, my sister, my biggest supporters right there,” Visconti said. “On top of that, I have to thank the coaching staff, Johnson High School and the community as well.”

Visconti has been a starter since freshman year. Visconti played in all 24 games that season and scored 429 points (127 field goals, 24 three-pointers).

“I came in as a freshman and was able to play a lot of minutes,” he said. “Those numbers alone, With the amount of games I played, I was able to score as many points as I did, it’s all a thanks to the belief that coaching staff had in me, as well as my teammates around me because it’s not easy being the freshman on the team and starting.”

As he transitioned into his sophomore year, Visconti continued producing  on the court. He played in all 25 games, scoring 594 points (154 field goals, 40 three-pointers) and the team that year clinched the program’s first ever Union County Conference Sky Division championship.

He achieved his 1,000th career point in the NJSIAA Central Jersey, Group 2 First Round matchup at East Brunswick Tech HS on Tuesday, March 1, 2016.

His older sister, Stephanie Visconti, who watches almost all her brother’s basketball games, spoke with pride about her brother accomplishing  another milestone.

“Scoring 1,000 points is an amazing accomplishment in itself but watching someone’s journey to scoring 2,000 points is almost unheard of,” Stephanie, a 2016 Arthur L. Johnson graduate, said. “Watching him day-in and day-out, work so hard to be the best basketball player he can in every way is what truly inspires me about him.”

“No one deserves this more than him and I am so proud of him,” she added.

His parents, George Sr. and Leslie are both Arthur L. Johnson graduates (both Class of 1988). They were on hand, cheering Visconti on as he reached his latest  milestone .

“I’m happy for him because I know of all the hard work he puts in during the offseason. It shows how hard work pays off,” his father, George Sr., said. “The most important thing about this is the wins. He personally has accomplished some great things, but the team is winning games, so that’s the part I’m happy about.”

“George has changed expectations for ALJ basketball and hopefully it will continue for the rest of the season and into the future,” he added.

As a junior, Visconti played in all 27 games, scoring 567 points (130 field goals, 55 three-pointers), becoming the all-time leading scorer on February 4, 2017. Visconti and the Crusaders grabbed the program’s second straight Union County Conference Sky Division championship and reached the NJSIAA Central Jersey, Group 2 Sectional Final, the first one in program history.

“I am excited and proud of George and his accomplishments. It’s nice to see all his hard work pay off,” his mother Leslie said. “Also, a huge thank you to his teammates, coaches and fans because they are the best and he couldn’t have achieved this without them all.”

Visconti also excels off the basketball court.   He holds a 4.7 GPA and takes several AP classes, ranking Visconti high in the Class of 2018 at Arthur L. Johnson High School. He was also named the September 2017 Student of the Month and was named Homecoming King this past November.

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