Natrona County (Casper, Wyo.) basketball standout Kaylee Johnson makes an impact with her sharp shooting and quick rebounding – she averaged 18 points and 13.9 rebounds a game last season.
And even when Johnson‘s not practicing or playing, the Stanford-bound guard/forward is plenty wrapped up in the game by absorbing it in the form of her favorite basketball flicks.
Love & Basketball
Johnson: I think every girl basketball player wishes her life was exactly like the plot, but I’ve always thought it wasn’t realistic. When I watched it when I was younger, I dreamt about becoming a college player just like Monica did. Watching the movie now, it’s cool to be able to relate. I can never watch this movie enough!
Johnson: The movie shows the competition between two sisters trying to please their dad and improve their game. My sister and I felt the same way when we were younger, but it (the competition) was less intense.
The Heart of the Game
Johnson: It’s an inspiring story about the passion and commitment of a team, its unique coach and players and their fight to play the game.
Johnson: It’s about a struggling boys basketball program in a very poor neighborhood. A new and very strict coach reforms the program and makes his players into a solid basketball team and respectful gentlemen. Each player ultimately determines his destiny.
The transformation is truly amazing, and it helps me realize how critical it is to have a solid foundation in relationships with coaches and teams. The movie also reminds me of how lucky I am to be where I am and given opportunities as opposed to the boys [in the film] who were less fortunate.
Johnson: It’s classic. It’s a fun movie that I grew up watching and love. Definitely the final basketball game is the best part of the film.