How Basketball Has Shaped me as a Person

February 24, 2015

Basketball has shaped who I am as a person, a student and an athlete. Starting at an early age, I knew that basketball was what I wanted to do. After years of developing as a player with the help of my friends, coaches and loved ones, I was able to represent my community, my province, and my country on many different stages in the basketball world. This past summer, I was given the opportunity to play with the Northern Kings organization for my AAU basketball summer circuit, and it was an opportunity I couldn’t pass up.

Leading into that season, I did not hold any recruitment whatsoever from NCAA schools, and I was strongly considering staying in Canada to play University basketball. Luckily, Coach Vidal, Coach Steve, and Michael Simonetta all believed I had the potential to make my dream become a reality, and I trusted that they would do all they could to help me towards my goal. After playing in tournaments in Pittsburgh, Indiana, Georgia, and Las Vegas, I had received about 40 Division-1 College offers, and I had no one else to thank but the Northern Kings. Coach Vidal and Coach Steve’s knowledge and passion of the game, and commitment to the team is like no other.

I cannot thank them enough for the opportunities they have given me, and I will always be thankful to be a part of the Kings Nation family!!

Corey Johnson
2015 Northern King Graduate
Committed to Harvard