1-on-1 With Roshunda Johnson

Mississippi State women's basketball junior point guard Roshunda Johnson talks one-on-one with Gene's Page.

Johnson transferred to Mississippi State from Oklahoma State. She averaged 11.3 points, 3.8 rebounds and 3.7 assists in 32 games (31 starts) with the Cowgirls in the 2014-15 season. Coming out of high school, she was a consensus national top-50 player.

How will it help you having played college ball before?
"Having been to the NCAA tournament I know what it takes to get there. Although I will not be playing this year, I know I have to push my team.It is all about being a leader whether you are on the floor or not on the floor. That will, basically, be my role this year."

Why did you choose Mississippi State?
"The team, the players, the coaches. They all made me feel so welcome here. And I really do love the campus."

When you get on the court what kind of player will MSU fans see?
"They will see an all-around player, everything, defense, offense, working hard, cheering the crowd on, all of that. That is just who I am."

How will you and Morgan William help each other be better players?
"She is pushing me to work on my ball-handling. And I am pushing her to work on her ball-handling. When she is getting better at defense, I am getting better at defense. It is, basically, like we are equal."

You have seen the talent level of this team in practice. What are your thoughts about that talent?
"I think we are going to be pretty good. I think we are going to go really, really far, as long as we work hard like we have been doing in practice."

What have you seen to make you believe they will go far?
"Everything. Leadership, hard work, defense, offense, an all-around team."

Gene Swindoll is the publisher of the GenesPage.com website, the source for Mississippi State sports on Scout.com sports network. You can contact him by emailing swindoll@genespage.com.

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