Baton Rouge basketball player commits to Auburn

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Wednesday, November 13, 2013 - 6:10pm

An Episcopal basketball player's going to be a Tiger, but not the one you're probably thinking.

Bria Johnson's a stand out player for the Knights, but soon she'll trade in her blue and gold uniform for a blue and orange one.

"A lot of my friends were really supportive. So, that kind of helped, and no one was like 'Aw, man! You're not going to LSU.' A lot of them are very supportive," Bria said.

Bria's taking the next step in her basketball career. So, she's going to be a Tiger... an Auburn Tiger.

"It started off when I was a kid. I didn't really know what was going on or where this basketball will take me, but a lot of surrounding players have gotten out of Louisiana playing basketball and getting a scholarship, and I knew I wanted to go to college," Bria said. "So, I kind of use basketball as a tool to get me to where I want to be."

Bria's currently a leading point guard at episcopal, and she's one of the first students to play for an SEC team. She said Auburn's a perfect fit.

"My mom didn't know until I got home," Bria said. "My dad and I were in the car together, and I committed over the phone, and when I got home I was like 'mom, I committed' and she was like 'what?!"

"I put the ball in her hand when she was four years old. So I really can't express in words how I feel about it, but I'm extremely proud of her," Fredrick Tate, Bria's dad, said.

Her basketball coach Travis Bourgeois said she's not just a great player on the court.

"I mean she does a lot of things here at school, off the court, and on the court. A lot of the girls look up to her," Bourgeois said. "She's got young girls looking up to her. She's a good role model to have here on campus."

"A lot of our players really look up to her. We're just really proud of her, and she deserves everything because she's worked so hard, and this is going to be a great opportunity for her," Marybeth Barksdale, Bria's teammate, said.

"She's a role model to me, specifically, because growing up with her in middle school and seeing her become such an amazing basketball player, it kind of influenced me to be better at basketball," Janelle Jones, Bria's teammate, said.

Now, Bria's focusing on her last basketball season with the Knights. The team's first game of the season is November 25th.

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