Meet the Athlete: Paris Johnson Jr.


Maria Perez Barriga

How long have you been playing basketball?

I have been playing since I was three. But for the school, for actual teams, I have been playing since the seventh grade.

What are you looking forward to this season?

I’m looking forward to having fun with my teammates, bringing a lot of energy with them and good chemistry.

Who is your role model in your basketball career?

My mom because she always tells me to keep working hard. She always does things for me. She is always helping out whenever I need help with things.

What do you like about playing basketball?

(It) brings a lot of competition and energy and playing against other people no matter who they are.

What position do you play?

I play shooting guard and small forward.

What are you hoping to achieve this basketball season?

(I hope to) get a lot of wins. I want to make it far this year on my team to show people that we can do it without the people we had last year.

Is it your first year playing on varsity?

Yeah, this year is my first year playing varsity.

How does it feel playing on varsity?

It’s a lot of pressure since I didn’t play last year. Also, it’s way different from freshman and junior varsity and there is actually people like scouts watching you.

What is your favorite memory so far this basketball season?

Getting a big dunk against Park Center, it was on somebody. Everybody went crazy. It was a fun game.

How has it been playing for varsity so far?

It’s been fun especially playing alongside a lot of friends.