Notre Dame point guard Mychal Johnson - photo by Matt Cashore

Getting to Know Mychal Johnson

Nov. 4, 2015

By Jake Maier

Mychal Johnson is a sophomore guard on the University of Notre Dame women’s basketball team. The two-time West Virginia Gatorade High School Player of the Year averaged 3.1 points per game as a freshman and will look to have an expanded role on the team following the departure of teammate Jewell Loyd to the WNBA. Johnson scored in double figures twice in the 2014-15 campaign, including a career-high 17 points against Chattanooga, and she will look to make that a regular occurrence as her playing time increases this season.

Q: Who is your goofiest teammate?

A: “Definitely Rico [Arike Ogunbowale]. Her laugh gets everyone else’s laugh going after a joke. She is funny.”

Q: If you could change one rule in basketball what would it be?

A: “Make everything worth three points.”

Q: Who is your favorite basketball player?

A: “Andrew Wiggins”

Q: If you could be one animal, what would it be?

A: “A cheetah. They are cute and pretty.”

Q: Who would win in a game of one on one, you or Coach McGraw in her prime?

A: “Definitely meââ’¬¦. no, Coach would win, she would definitely win.”

Q: What kind of car do you drive?

A: “A white Range Rover.”

Q: Do you have any superstitions?

A: “You can’t split poles. If you are with a group of people, you have to stay on the same side.”

Q: What is your favorite movie?

A: “‘The Lucky One’ with Zac Efron”

Q: What is your favorite sport other than basketball?

A: “Gymnastics. I was a gymnast when I was younger, back before I started basketball.”

Q: Which two teammates would you choose as your teammates in a 3-on-3 game?

A: “Lindsay [Allen] and Bri [Brianna Turner]”

Q: Why did you choose Notre Dame?

A: “When you get here, you get the feeling that it’s the right place. It’s the place that you want to be. The education, the people, the professors, the coaching staff – they all want what’s best for you. Basketball is going to end, so you need to have something to do after it.”