Hobart’s Jalen Johnson – SWOK Basketball Player of the Month – Presented by Harley-Davidson World

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SWOK Area Boys Basketball Player of the Month – Presented by Harley-Davidson World 

Jalen Johnson – Hobart, 30,136 votes

Tristen Hainta – Carnegie, 24,057 votes

Atrel Bryson – Clinton, 8,256 votes

Joey D’Angelo – Carnegie, 4,514 votes

Chase Brown – Elk City, 1,057 votes

Total Votes: 70,994

Other athletes receiving votes include Dayken Rackley – Minco, Garrett Rouse – Tuttle, Kellen Hines – Fort Cobb-Broxton, Jack Kiker – Blanchard, amd Braden Teasley – Weatherford.

Jalen Johnson - Hobart

Jalen Johnson – Hobart 

Basketball has been has been a part of Jalen Johnson’s life since he was in the third grade. The Hobart senior says that his cousins were the ones who first inspired him to pick up the sport. 

“What made me want to start is my cousins played on a travel ball team and I was always at their house, so I joined,” he said.        

One of the things Johnson enjoys most about representing the Hobart Bearcats on the court is the opportunity to prove himself and lead his team. 

“My favorite thing about competing for my high school is I can show everyone what I can do,” he said. “I want to take my team to state.”

His motivation to be the best he can be on the court partially comes from his mother, who has encouraged him to work hard and stand apart from the crowd.     

“My mom has pushed me from the beginning, constantly telling me, ‘There are millions of kids that has the same dream as you,’” he said.  

The way Johnson implements this idea in his basketball career is to simply put in work – on the court, off the court, and especially when no one is looking.

“Get in the gym and work hard when no one else is looking,” is Johnson’s motto.

Although there have been some ups and downs to this season the Bearcats still managed to pull through with a winning record, and Johnson says his teammates are still a force to be reckoned with.

“We struggled a bit in the regular season,” he said. “I still have a lot of faith in my teammates.”

Outside of athletics Johnson has been involved with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA). After high school he plans to continue his basketball career at the collegiate level.