Junior . Women’s Basketball . Platte Citty, MO
As a high school senior, Morgan Johnson led her team to a school-record 29 victories and the school’s first-ever class 4A state championship. The Platte City, Missouri, native was the Miss Show Me Basketball Award winner, given to the top prep senior in the state of Missouri.
Needless to say, she had interest from a numbers of schools. For Johnson, the choice was an obvious one.
“While being recruited I loved the personality of both my coaches and potential teammates,” said Johnson. “The overall Iowa welcome showed me the midwestern hospitality that I craved with the competitiveness I desired. I knew all along, I was born to be a Hawkeye.”
Johnson’s decision has worked out well for both her and the Iowa women’s basketball program. She helped lead the Hawkeyes to the NCAA Tournament during each of her first two seasons. Earlier this season, she became the 32nd student-athlete in the history of the program to reach 1,000 career points.
Johnson specifically recalls one accomplishment early on in her Hawkeye career.
“Our team win my freshman year over Wisconsin to make us third in the Big Ten,” said Johnson about the overtime thriller. “That is a moment I will remember forever.”
The 6-5 junior excels off the court as well. She was an Academic All-Big Ten selection and a third team Capital One Academic All-District pick as a sophomore.
Johnson plans to work in the medical field after she is done frustrating opposing defenses.
“I chose medicine initally because of the challenge,” said Johnson. “As I continued to shadow, I fell in love with the idea of helping people in a way that truly can save their life.”
Johnson also enjoys “volunteering at the Ronald McDonald house, and getting to meet all the fans and influence their lives for the better.”
The Hawkeye standout is grateful for Iowa Athletics supporters.
“Thank you so much for everything you have done in my life and for this program,” said Johnson. “Without your donation, there is no way I would ever be able to compete here. It’s been such an amazing experience and I have loved every stepping stone on my path. I hope you know, without a doubt, that I am using this scholarship in order to change not only my life, but the lives of others. Thank you so much for your generosity. It means the world to me and my teammates.”
In recognition of her outstanding achievements in athletics, academics and citizenship at the University of Iowa, Johnson received the 2011-12 Bud and Georgia Johnson Women’s Basketball Scholarship.