All-Star's Future with Missouri Tigers

1 decade 2 years 3 months ago Friday, February 24 2006 Feb 24, 2006 Friday, February 24, 2006 10:49:57 PM CST February 24, 2006 in Sports

"I wasn't even really serious about basketball entering high school," Johnson said. "I don't even think I went to the high school meeting. I just showed up to practice."

Coach Kristen Conrow is glad Johnson did.

"It's been great to see a player of her caliber and just her athleticism and how she can finish and just play basketball. I mean, she can play defense when she wants to," Conrow said. "She's been a big name around here, and that's been fun. And really, she's put Fayette on the map."

Johnson averages 22.4 points and 13.6 rebounds a game, and adds a little flavor to the court.

"She's just crazy. She always has something new and funny to say. She's always telling funny stories, making up games. Oh, she dances! She dances all the time."

"I have mad skills. I break it down. I am the female Usher," Johnson joked. "There are special moves I like to do before the game to get my team into it, called the 'Brendal,' the two-step 'Brendal.' I don't want anyone to copywrite this."

Fun and games is part of the package for Johnson. But, when the whistle blows, no jokes about it. She is all business.

Missouri Coach Cindy Stein has been watching her since Johnson was a freshman in high school. Last November, Johnson decided to play for MU, despite offers from Illinois and Maryland, among others.

The 6'1" post player has scored more than 2,000 points in her Falcon career, but she hopes to play a new role with the Tigers.

"I actually hate the post with a passion," admitted Johson. "And I don't like being down there, because all the other big girls are, like, more physical. And I just don't like being down there. I hope I'm out on the guard."

Coach Conrow said, "She makes everyone around her better."

"I'm going to miss her defense. She has some tenacious defense. She can block anybody's shot. She can shoot from anywhere, and she's also really fun to play with."

And, with just a few miles separating Fayette from Mizzou Arena, you can bet Johnson's cheering section, led by mom and grandma, will be there for every move Johnson makes.

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