Quaker Valley athlete of the week: KC Johns
Wednesday, January 15, 2020 | 4:54 PM
School: Quaker Valley
Claim to fame: No one would blame KC Johns’ father and grandfather for living vicariously through him during basketball games.
Grandpa is in the Quaker Valley Hall of Fame, and dad always reminds him how lucky he is to be on a “great” team. Johns is one of the reasons the Quakers are so dangerous. He has averaged 16 points, 5 assists, 4 rebounds and 2 steals per game over his last four games.
How much are you enjoying this breakout season?
It’s been enjoyable all four years, especially with Coach (Mike Mastroianni), and just like every other year, I’m having a lot of fun with my teammates.
You have family history with this program. How much does it mean to you to carry on the tradition your grandfather started more than 50 years ago?
It’s definitely cool because my grandfather and father played in high school. Getting to put on the same uniform as them is an honor, and I’m just trying to do my best to carry on that legacy.
Playing basketball for Quaker Valley sometimes means you have to wait for your time to make your mark. What did you learn from playing behind great shooters like Danny Conlon and Ryan Stowers for several years?
They were really good players who led by example. They always taught me to be patient, and I learned how to be successful by watching them. I also learned how to play for my teammates and how to play for Coach “Mas.”
What kind of leadership approach do you try to bring to the team?
I try to be another leader by example, especially for the younger guys who have played this year. I do my best to help them out, especially in our section where you have to play in some tough environments. If times get tough, I just try to bring everyone together.
Is it fun playing in a really competitive section?
It is actually really fun because every night you could get beat. Every team is good, so every game is a big game.
What else do you enjoy at Quaker Valley?
I’m also on the track team, and I do some other things like youth groups. I also like the Little Quakers Camp, where we have little kids come in and we do a (basketball) camp for them.
Who is the best basketball player of all time?
I have to say Michael Jordan. I feel like six for six in the NBA Finals is crazy. He was a great scorer, but people forget he was a great defender. His biggest competition is LeBron James, and I don’t think LeBron is quite as good a defender. He’s still great, but MJ was better.