Hilltopper basketball forward transfers to Hilltop for friendship


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It’s not hard to miss Shimeek Johnson on campus: the Hilltopper basketball player stands at 6’ 7”. Despite the team’s shaky start with a 4-6 record, Johnson has had some standout games, and he is trying to help propel the team to a winning record. Johnson has leaded the Hilltoppers in scoring in eight of the team’s 10 games so far this season. He notched 20 points against Newman University and 21 points against Rice University for his season high.

After his freshmen year at Fairfield University in Fairfield Connecticut, the New York native transferred to St. Edward’s University to play with a long time childhood friend, Kaliq Gross. Gross graduated last year, but Johnson finishes his last year of NCAA eligibility this season. In Johnson’s first two years at St. Edward’s he earned end of the season all conference honors and Heartland Conference player of the week on three different occasions.

What is the biggest difference between New York and Texas?

The biggest difference is the weather and the food!

When did you start playing basketball?

I started playing on an organized team in the 8th grade, but I played the game before that. I started playing basketball because I am a fan of the sport.

What is the signature Shimeek Johnson basketball move

This is sad! I don’t think I have a go to signature move! I just do whatever the defense gives me.

What do you want to do you want to do after you graduate?

I would love to keeping playing basketball!

What is it like to see the world from a 6’ 7” perspective?

I can see it all. People notice me, and I can’t hide.

What does your ideal day look like?

Wake up, shower, check Instagram and Twitter, get a quick Tang, go to class, practice, Tang again, then take off my shoes and relax my feet!

If you could change one thing about yourself what would it be? Why?

I would make myself taller! If I were taller, I probably would have gone to the NBA out of high school.

If you didn’t play basketball, what would you spend your extra time doing?

I would make music and earn straight A’s.

What is the most interesting class you have taken at St. Edward’s?

A sociology class, Race, class and, gender, we went to the school of blind. It made me looking at life in a different way.

Is there anything about you that would surprise most people?

I am a great cook.