Name: Jayden Johnson
School: Batavia, sophomore
Why he was selected: Johnson capped off a huge second half with a game-winning 3-pointer as time expired in Batavia's 56-53 win over St. Charles East on Jan. 5. The 6-foot-5 sophomore contributed eight of his 17 points late to keep the Bulldogs alive. He hit a 3-pointer with 1:42 remaining for a 50-49 Batavia lead, and later scored on a layup for a 53-51 advantage.
Johnson caught up with Chronicle sports reporter Jacob Bartelson to talk about his game-winning shot, season outlook and more. Below is an edited transcript:
Bartelson: I know the win over East was obviously important, but what did you learn about your team, in any way, following the game?
Johnson: One thing I learned was that every player on the team that has a jersey on [with] Batavia on the front is always going to give you their hardest effort no matter what part of the game it is or where it’s at.
Bartelson: Have you hit the stride you want to be in at this point in the season yet, or if not, what do you have to do as an individual to reach that?
Johnson: I'm having a good season but I wouldn’t be here without my teammates [and] seniors on my team like Blake [Carlson], Riley [Cooper] and Eric [Peterson]. [They] have helped me a lot with the X’s and O’s on the little things. I think there is always room for improvement as well.
Bartelson: At this point in the season compared to last year, what stands out as a positive step forward for the team?
Johnson: A big thing that stands out this year is our team chemistry as well as our effort/mindset we have going into every game.
Bartelson: I know it’s kinda early for you recruiting-wise, but any interest from schools? Preferences?
Johnson: I've been fortunate enough that schools have shown interest in me. Some of them are: Illinios State, New Hampshire, Iowa, Stanford, Wofford, William and Mary, Eastern Illinios [and] Iona. Out of those schools I don’t really have a preference. I’m just going to keep an open mind about recruitment right now.