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A Basketball Journey: The Austin Johnson Story

Austin Johnson is arguably the best basketball player to come from the Texas panhandle, and now he's back in Amarillo sharing his love of the game.
"The level of basketball here in Amarillo has slipped down a little and I just want to come back and build it up." -- Austin Johnson
Austin Johnson Fish
Austin Johnson Fish
Austin Johnson is arguably the best basketball player to come from the Texas panhandle.  The Palo Duro grad has been all over the world playing the game he loves.  Basketball took him from Amarillo to Norman, Oklahoma to countries like Switzerland, Jordan, Iraq and Iran.

"We played in Iran and Iraq while I was overseas. So I got to experience a little bit of Iran, a little bit of Iraq, so pretty much I've gotten to see the whole world just doing this basketball thing."

Austin's basketball journey has led him back Amarillo where he currently runs the Austin Johnson Academy of Hoops at the Downtown Athletic Club.  He spends his time in the gymnasium working as a personal trainer helping future generations of Panhandle basketball players.  "It's really a big honor to get all of these kids that come to me weekly to get to work with them.   It really makes me proud as an Amarillo native that I get to have these kids coming to me and me getting to help them out and getting to see them grow" says Johnson.

The Academy of Hoops specializes in skill development with an emphasis on building confidence in the game of basketball, but Austin doesn't plan on stopping there, "I am also going to start an AAU program this summer here in Amarillo, I really want to focus on finding the best kids around the area that are ready to compete and work hard."

Austin doesn't limit himself to Amarillo.  He takes his program on the road all over the Panhandle and even in to Oklahoma, where he played his college ball for the University of Oklahoma, all with the intent of bringing basketball back to prominence in the Panhandle.

"I've seen how basketball has gone down since I grew up.  The level of basketball here in Amarillo has slipped down a little and I just want to come back and build it up."

When he's not in the gym Austin spends his time in the great outdoors hunting and fishing.  He also enjoys noodling, the sport of catching catfish with his hands.
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