By Emma Sidel
Photo by Elisa Posey (Corner Canyon High School)
Brayden Johnson is an 18-year-old senior at Corner Canyon High School and No. 13 on the Corner Canyon basketball team.
His 12 years of playing have made him who he is, and he says his “will-to-win” is what separates him from other players. Johnson started playing basketball 12 years ago and ever since then, he says, “I never want to stop playing.”
As a player, he has had some amazing moments. He says his best was “when we (the CCHS basketball team) beat Alta, twice.” Another spotlight moment for him came at the Provo game, when he “finally dunked during the high school season.”
His worst moment was when the team didn’t make state last year. Through all of this, he told me that his teammates and his parents are his main sources of support. The team’s pre-game ritual is to go to Noodles and Company. His order? Mac and Cheese.
Johnson’s parents give him advice and comfort before and after each game to help with the pre-game jitters. His other support comes from his teammates. He lives by the words of Philippians 4:13, “I can do all this through him who gives me strength.”
As a high school student and extremely talented player on the basketball team, Johnson has a lot to balance. When I asked him how he does it all, he told me, “You just have to put it on the schedule.”Using this strategy and his “heart and passion for the game,” Johnson has set personal goals to make all-state, get a basketball scholarship, and with his team, win the state championship. As a student, his goal for senior year is to garner a 4.0.
After high school, Johnson plans to continue playing basketball and wants to attend Dixie State, or Chaminade University in Hawaii.
Corner Canyon High sophomore Emma Sidel wrote this story as part of the Preps Utah student journalism program, powered by Bank of American Fork, which will award two of our published student journalists college scholarships at the end of the school year.