November 11, 2005 - by
Rebounding With Junior Center Alexander Johnson

Nov. 11, 2005

Alexander Johnson an athletic and agile big man who is working on all phases of his game with the intent of becoming one of the top post players in the ACC. He begins his junior season at FSU as one of the top defenders in the ACC and is among the league’s returning leaders in scoring, rebounding, and blocked shots. Johnson recently sat down with to discuss how he has grown, his expectations for the season and his ultimate one – on – one challenge.

What are you most looking forward to with the upcoming season?
I am looking forward to another year of winning and excitement. It’s going to be a whole new year and a better year than last year…a much better year!

What did you do with your time in the off season?
I worked very hard to improve in all aspects of my game. Every day it was just work, work, work. I especially tried to focus on increasing my stamina. I am happy with where I am and looking forward to the beginning of the season.

How have you prepared differently with this upcoming season than in past years?
This year I feel like I am actually working towards something as compared to summers before when I didn’t really have much direction. This summer I had someone to show me the things I needed to accomplish to help me work towards my goals.

Entering your junior year how do you think you have changed since your freshman year?
I’m a little wiser, I don’t let stuff get to me like I used to. Now I am just concentrating on playing ball and I don’t really let anything bother me. My main focus is on helping this team win basketball games.

What are you most looking forward to with the upcoming season?
I am looking forward to each and every game; I want us to play well and put ourselves into position to do some things in March.

What is different about this team compared to teams in the past?
We are working harder than we have worked in my two years here at Florida State. The conditioning and the learning that is taking place is the most important things we have improved upon. We are listening to our coaches and trying to learn to go off of our instincts more.

What does the average fan not know about Alexander Johnson?
That I’m a hard worker. I think that most people think that just because I am big that I don’t work hard – and that’s not true.

If you weren’t playing basketball what would you be doing?
If I weren’t playing basketball, I’d probably be playing football. I love football. I’d want to be a quarterback and maybe even a defense coordinator after when my playing days were over.

What is your most memorable moment as a Seminole?
My most memorable moment so far was the game I made my first career start during my freshman season. I plan to have many more memorable moments during the upcoming two years of my Seminole career.

What are your game day rituals?
During warm-ups I have to be the first one into the locker room. I like to sit in the locker room before just to get my head clear and focus and concentrate on how the game is going to go.

If you could play one -on – one with anyone who would it be and why?
I would love to play one-on-one Michael Jordan.

What about this season will be most surprising for Seminole fans?
We are going to be more of a running team this year. There are going to be a lot of dunks and fast breaks and definitely a lot of highlights.

Any significance to wearing number 32?
I have worn 32 since middle school. I wore it through high school have worn it since my first day at Florida State.

What do you think your coaches want your role to be on the team?
They want me to be a leader, but I am really laidback. I like to lead by example, that’s really more my style.

By: Erin Allison
Sports Information Student Assistant
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