Tulsa Freshman works to qualify for the United States Women’s National Basketball Team

A student from Tulsa is competing for a chance to play on the United States national basketball team.

Marcayla Johnson is a freshman at Booker T. Washington and will be heading to Colorado for the basketball tryouts. Johnson is only 15 and she will face 17-year-olds to secure one of 12 spots on the national team. “She’s a beast on the basketball court. When she puts the jersey on, she’s a whole different person,” Marcal Johnson said.

Johnson and his father, Marcal, put together a video that showcases his skills on the court and sent it to the United States national team in Colorado. A month later, just two days after turning 15, Johnson got an answer.

“I was just shocked how they even looked at me because there were a lot of girls. A lot of really good girls are vying for the same spot that everyone wants,” Johnson said.

There are 40 players competing for 12 national team spots. These players will travel to Hungary for the International Basketball Federation World Cup. Johnson said while most of the girls will be older, she’s looking forward to making new friends while working out during the four-day trial.

“I was nervous at first, but I know I’m supposed to be here and it’s God’s plan and time to shine, you know,” Johnson said.

Marcayla’s father said that although she is not in the team this year, he is incredibly proud that she has this opportunity. “I hope the whole Tulsa Oklahoma and 918 area celebrates Marcayla’s success. She’s going to represent us well. I believe she’s the next big thing to come out of Tulsa,” Marcal Johnson said.

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