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7/5/06

Arp Junior Turning Heads On National Stage

While some high school juniors are beginning to wonder if they are going to college, one East Texas athlete is cutting down the list, deciding which one to attend. Just 16 years old Sedrick Johnson of Arp is picking up national attention. 

"Hustle, no matter if you mess up or not, you hustle," said Johnson.  "You've just got to play hard.  Four or five years old my uncle put a ball in my hands.  I never let it go."

To say that Sedrick Johnson eats, sleeps and breathes basketball may not do his work ethic justice. You might suspect this teen sleeps with the basketball under his pillow.

"I try to get 100 shots everyday," said Johnson.  "I can't everyday, but I try to at least."

This summer he's playing AAU ball.

"I always stay busy," said Johnson.  "I lift weights, shoot, everything"

It's that hustle and heart that has college scouts from across the country filling the stands to check out Sedrick's play.

"Been to Florida, Texas A&M Elite Camp, Texas Elite Camp," said Johnson.

The spotlight really began to shine on Sedrick during Arp's state championship run. He helped the Tigers bring home their first championship in school history and brought home the trophy as MVP.

"I look at it every night before I go to sleep," said Johnson.

And it's during his night's of sleep, Sedrick is dreaming of college courts and playing under the coaches he's already met, like Aggies coach Billy Gillespie and Longhorns coach Rick Barnes.

"I always imagined it," said Johnson.  "I always do."

But Sedrick's just not a most valuable player, in the classroom he's a valuable student and as he put it he doesn't have much choice.

"My mama makes sure I'm getting my grades, otherwise, I'm grounded," said Johnson.

But whether he makes it to college by books or banking in threes, Sedrick is one young man East Texas sure needs to keep an eye on because the rest of the country sure is.

"I want to go to college then maybe the pros one day," said Johnson.

Sedrick and his Jamodi teammates will shine in the national spotlight at the end of this month in the Reebook Big Time Tournament in Las Vegas.

Maya Golden reporting.
mgolden@kltv.com

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