Gopher Spotlight: Jackie Johnson
Nov. 18, 2013
In her second year at Minnesota, sophomore Jackie Johnson looks to expand her role for the Gophers in 2013-14 after dedicating her rookie season to getting bigger, faster and stronger to endure the rigors of Big Ten Conference play. A native of Eden Prairie, Minn., Johnson established new career highs with 13 points and six rebounds in 29 minutes of work in Minnesota's season-opening victory at Northern Iowa last weekend. Here's a short question/answer session with the 6-foot-2 forward:
How has playing basketball at the University of Minnesota impacted your life on and off the court?
What are you most excited about for the start of the season?
You've dedicated a lot of time in the weight room to getting stronger. How do you stay dedicated to your workout regimen?
Has anyone on the team been especially helpful through your transition as a player?
What do you see as your role on the team this season and how has it changed since last year?
My role is to be a rebounder, screener and communicator on the court. I want to be a floor finisher whether that's at the end of games or as a defensive stopper. I want to hit open shots when I can, which is different from last year because I have the opportunity to be on the court more and contribute to the game.
You received the Golden Gopher Award last year from the coaching staff, what did that mean to you?
What interests do you have off the court?
Name five things that people may not know about you.
2. I love to travel. After college, I'd like to study abroad and do some volunteer programs similar to Doctors without Borders.
3. I like all types of food: Thai, Mexican, American, seafood; just any type of food.
4. I traveled to the Czech Republic and played with an "Athletes in Action" team before my freshman year. It was a great experience for me as both a player and as a person.
5. If I didn't go into nursing, I would like to pursue an opportunity in mission work or ministry.