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Homewood-Flossmoor's Sydni Johnson (35) puts a shot up against Stagg's Mia DiGiacomo during the Hillcrest Holiday Classic girls basketball tournament in Country Club Hills Wednesday, December 26, 2012. | Brett Roseman~Sun-Times Media
Sydni Johnson, 17, just finished her fourth season on the H-F varsity. She will attend Howard University in Washington, D.C.
What’s it feel like after the last game of a season, especially your senior season?
It was kind of heartbreaking because it ended earlier than expected. I know I have a lot ahead of me, but it still hurts not to see everyone every day after school.
What does it mean to you to be an H-F athlete?
It means that I should carry myself in a certain way and respect others as a role model to other people.
What’s the best part about playing basketball?
Probably how much I’ve learned, with all the experiences with injuries and working with people.
What hidden talent do you have that we just need to know about?
I used to play the violin, but I don’t play anymore. I can do my own hair.
Which opposing player would you have loved to have as a teammate?
Teniya Page (of Marian Catholic). She’s an awesome point guard.
Your dream celebrity prom date. Who is it?
Ohhh, (NBA player) Kevin Durant. We wear the same number (35), and he’s just such an awesome player.
Who was your earliest basketball influence?
My other brother (Bailey). He would always play in the driveway and I used to go out and watch him.
What irritates you more than anything else?
People who aren’t humble. It makes me so mad to see people ungrateful for what they have.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
I see myself as a psychology major, owning my own firm and mentoring athletes who are injured, hopefully professional athletes.