Shelby County’s ZaKiyah Johnson is going to Chicago with the West Virginia Thunder tonight to play in the Under Armor Elite 24. The Under Armor Elite 24 features the most talented girl’s high school basketball players in the country on all-star teams. The game can be found on ESPN U at 5 p.m..
Johnson, who has been playing basketball since the fourth grade, has been making waves the past year playing for the Sacred Heart Valkyries. According to the Courier Journal, she was the second member of the Valkyries to be named Gatorade Kentucky Player of the Year. She has led the team to a 32-3 record, averaging 17.8 points and 7.8 rebounds per game.
Johnson comes from a line of basketball layers. Her mother and father played for Morehead State University and her stepfather played for Western Kentucky. She has had a number of colleges interested in her due to her impressive record, but according to her mother, Tenisha, it’s too early to choose and she just wants her daughter to focus on being a kid.
“It’s a blessing to have so many to choose from," Tenisha said.
Tenisha also said there is a chance her daughter could play on the East 17 Three-on-Three Tournament in Europe, but it’s early and the specifics of the tournament have yet to be released. Though she isn’t sure which college team she’ll be playing for, Johnson’s mother did confirm that she does plan on playing professionally after graduating.