Johnson Tabbed Collins Scholarship Recipient
Aug. 8, 2007
NORMAL, Ill. - The trials and tribulations that a college basketball player can become accustomed to over a four-year playing career are certainly significant and can greatly help shape that person's character. For a player that is forced to make his or her mark in just two seasons, the journey can be even more challenging. Senior-to-be Dominitrix Johnson finds himself in that situation, having transferred from Three Rivers Community College (Mo.) just last August. Johnson's desire to improve on a daily basis and grasp the role of being a leader has earned him the 2007 Doug Collins Endowed Scholarship at ISU.
Proceeds from the Doug Collins Roast and Toast in 1990 started the ball rolling for the funding of the scholarship. It is named for the former Redbird All-American who played at Illinois State from 1969-1973, starred in the 1972 Olympic Games and has had successful careers in professional basketball as a player, coach and broadcaster. On Feb. 3, 2007, Redbird Arena was re-named "Doug Collins Court" after the only player to have his jersey number retired and hanging from the rafters of the facility.
Johnson played in 30 games last season, recording 26 starts. He averaged 8.3 points per game and ranked second on the team with 97 assists in a team second-best 31.8 minutes per contest. He started his Redbird career on an offensive tear, after averaging 16.6 points per game in the Colonial Classic at Tallahassee, Fla., en route to All-Tournament honors. The accolade included a 32-point effort against host Florida State.
In all, Johnson recorded 11 double-digit scoring outputs in just his first season of Division I basketball.
"This is a great honor, because Doug Collins means so much to this program in so many ways," said Johnson. "I'm humbled to be associated with someone that has the home floor named after him.
"I've learned in the past year that at this level, you can't take anything for granted. I'm only here for one more year, but I know I'm going to have to play more of a leadership role. I've put it on myself to help our team take the next step this season."
The Doug Collins Endowed Scholarship is one of 16 endowed scholarships available to Illinois State student-athletes funded by private donors. It is also one of eight fully endowed scholarships in athletics.
For more information about supporting this, or any other Illinois State University endowment scholarships, call The Redbird Club office at (309) 438-3803.