Hall of Fame

Vickie Johnson

It's rare in this world when an individual gets to live their childhood dreams; however, for Vickie Johnson that rarity became a reality. Growing up in rural Coushatta, La. Johnson was a basketball star and one of the most highly-sought after girls prep players in the country in the early 1900s. As a sophomore at Coushatta High School, Johnson verbally committed to Louisiana Tech knowing she was born to wear the Columbia blue and red. She signed with Tech in November of 1990, and was one of the main reasons the Lady Techsters recruiting class was ranked as the second-best in the country that season. She was also a key component to putting the Tech program back among the nation's elite after a couple of slim years prior to her taking the court. During her four-year career, the 5-foot-9 two-guard with the sweet baseline jumper etched her name in the Tech record books. On her way to leading Tech t o a four-year mark of 116-17, Johnson scored 1,960 points, grabbed 881 rebounds and shot 50 percent from the field and 75 percent from the free throw line. Johnson earned the 1995 and 1996 Sun Belt Conference Player of the Year awards while also being named Kodak All-American both years. She led Tech to four straight SBC titles, four NCAA tournaments, and the 1994 National Championship game. Her experiences at Louisiana Tech and the development of her game prepared her the next phase of her life- more basketball, but this time on the professional level. Johnson was the 12th overall player taken in the 1997 WNBA Elite draft as the New York Liberty selected her in the second round. Eleven years later, Johnson is one of only a handful of players who have played every year the league's existence. During Johnson's WNBA career, she is one of only three players in the WNBA history to have scored more than 3,000 points, grabbed more than 1,000 rebounds and dished out more than 750 assists. The two-time WNBA all-star also ranks first in career minutes with over 9,000. Johnson was the type of player that makes her teams and her teammates better and she did it while living a dream.