Denijah Johnson

Sport: Basketball

School: Columbia College

Class: Junior

Quick Facts:

  • All-Conference Defensive Team
  • Conference Player of the Year nominee
  • Graduated from Lejeune High in 2017
  • Scored 1,000th point in 2019-20 season
  • 1st Team All-Appalachian Athletic Conference
  • Averaged 18.3 points and 10.6 rebounds last season

Q: HOW DID LEJEUNE PREPARE YOU FOR COLLEGE?

A: Teachers at Lejeune don’t baby you. We have higher expectations being a DODEA school … They had a lot of college prep courses, too. I was involved in a college prep course that helped me get ready for college as well. Then I had personal relationships with some of the teachers, and they would just give me personal life lessons.

Q: YOU HAD A GREAT JUNIOR SEASON AT COLUMBIA COLLEGE. WHAT WAS CLICKING FOR YOU?

A: I was in a slump my freshman and sophomore years at C.C. and I kind of just got over it in a sense. I was like ‘I got to start putting my all into where I am at currently and stop thinking about all the outside factors.’ Once I started really focusing on C.C., our basketball program and really being a better player that’s really what boosted everything. It was a huge jump in stats for me personally just from me being more focused on getting better, helping my team and improving myself.

Q: WHAT’S YOUR MINDSET HEADING INTO YOUR SENIOR SEASON AT COLUMBIA?

A: I just have my own personal goals. I feel like I’ve been very overlooked in a sense, especially after this year. I feel like I still have a lot of points to prove, and I’ve got a lot of goals towards awards and just personal stats, because I feel like my team is overlooked and I want to speak for them. So I have a role for our team to give my school a name as well as myself a name, because I still feel like we don’t have that.

Q: WHAT ARE YOUR PLANS AFTER COLLEGE?

A: I am not so sure. I have a lot of aspirations. I am in school for criminal justice right now, but I don’t feel like I’m going to go down that track because I like to be around kids, and I really like to be around athletics. I really want to involve myself in basketball, whether it’s playing overseas or coaching.

Q: ANY FINAL THOUGHTS?

A: It’s hard to come out of Lejeune (as an athlete) I feel like, but if you have that talent and you have the motivation you’ll get somewhere athletics wise if you just work for it.

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