Scholar Athlete: Harris County’s DJ Johnson
He was last named their player of the year; For the Harris County basketball team, DJ Johnson is an asset in more ways than one.
"A player like him shows especially these young guys, what they need to attain, what they need to try to be," said coach Tay Sorrell. "Whether it be at practice or a game, he tries to win every one of them and it’s big when you’re trying to win at practice."
Last season, Johnson averaged 14 points a game and shot 47 percent from the field. He helped lead the Tigers to a turnaround season, making it to the region title game and hosting the first round of the playoffs. He’s a leader on the court, and uses players like Russell Westbrook and Damian Lillard to fuel his game.
"I like their style of play and how hard they play," Johnson said.
But Johnson isn’t just picking up his level of play on the court, he’s doing it in the classroom. He has the highest grades on the Tiger squad. He has a 3.5 GPA and tries to lead by example when it comes to being a student athlete, especially when playing for a squad coached by Sorrell.
Johnson said, "With Coach Sorrell, the way he does it, you can’t even play with one F, so that’s more of an incentive to make good grades for Harris County."
Setting the bar high now and after high school, Johnson is planning on going to college where he’ll study accounting and hopefully, play basketball. It’s an opportunity that’s pushing him to do well on and off the court.
"It is exciting," he said. "I look forward to it a lot and it’d be a great experience."