Glory Johnson, Diary 1
Tulsa’s star forward checks in with SLAMonline.
As told to Christian Mordi / @mordi_thecomeup
This year’s offseason was very productive for me. I played basketball overseas in Vologda, Russia for Chevakata. As far as the weather, it was pretty cold. Almost every day the temperature averaged below 0 up until the last month that I was there. Although it was very hard to stay warm, it was a good experience for me. I was able to practice and focus on basketball for seven months. There is a lot of great competition in Russia.
Training camp was great this year. There is a lot of positive energy around this unit. The coaches were very vocal this year on things they wanted done as a team and I felt we were very receptive to their ideas. This year we really want to focus very heavily on rebounding and dominating the glass. With having Skylar (Diggins) come in as a good rebounding guard and having Liz (Cambage) return to the team this year, we really want to utilize our size.
Since the recent tornadoes in Oklahoma, a lot of people have lost their homes. I was devastated to hear a story about a group of kids that lost their taking shelter from the tornado. Kayla Pedersen and myself would really like to get out there and help as much as we can.
I was able to attend a great event recently in Maui. It was a great reading event for the kids. The first day I was able to read to 26 different classes, and encourage them to read every day. I wanted the kids to know that even as an athlete you have to read. Reading is very important, it will be crucial no matter what field you go into.
I really like what I see from this team early on. My teammates do a great job staying positive no matter what the situation. There have been games—like the Liberty game, for instance—where we were down 18 and able to fight back and push the game into overtime. Everyone knows how to motivate each other in a positive way and I love it.
This year there has been a lot more exposure and press with the team. It can be tough at times because the expectations are very high, but we know what we are capable of. We are very competitive and I like that. To get ready for the games I listen to a lot of music to get pumped up. I like to listen to Chief Keef, 2 Chainz, Juicy J and others. I also love to dance! You guys will probably never get the chance to see me do it, but I think I am pretty good.
I am 22 and I even though I don’t have a company yet, I plan to soon enough. Right now I am trying to work with a diabetes organization. My mom was diagnosed my senior year on college, and I really want to become more aware, spread awareness and give time to an organization.
‘Til next time,
Glory Johnson / @MISSVOL25