Tessa Johnson Is Forwarding Her Parents’ Legacy Into Stars

Tessa Johnson's parents has had a big influence in her career.

By Chakku HaruPublished on: April 10, 2024 Updated on: April 25, 2024
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Tessa Johnson is a standout player for the South Carolina Women’s Basketball team. She played a pivotal role in leading her team to a national championship on April 7, 2024. The distinguished athlete scored a team-high 19 points in the championship game against Iowa, contributing to an 87-75 victory.

This win marked a continuation of her success, following her impactful performance in high school. While at St. Michael-Albertville, Johnson won the Miss Basketball Award in 2023 and led her team to a state championship.

South Carolina’s team, under Coach Dawn Staley’s strategy, utilized its depth effectively. Their collective effort, particularly in overcoming a first-quarter deficit, was crucial in securing the championship.

Tessa’s performance not only gained recognition from basketball fans but also caught the attention of sports icons like LeBron James. He wrote, “Tessa Johnson cooking!” on his Twitter.

Another college basketball star Raven Johnson also praised her performance. “I’m going to give Tessa Johnson her flowers,” Raven told USA Today. “She’s always ready for the moments.”

Her father is also a sports enthusiast who evidently played a significant role in shaping her athletic journey. Learn more about Tessa’s parents and ethnic background here!

Profile Summary

Hometown Albertville, Minnesota, United States
Height 6ft (1.82m)
Position Guard
Hair Brown
High School Awards McDonald’s All-America, All-USA TODAY Team, and WBCA Honorable Mention All-America

Tessa Johnson Is Biracial

She is the daughter of Danielle (mother) and Jemel Johnson (father). Her mom is white and her dad is Afro-American.

Tessa Johnson parents and siblings.
Johnson’s parents, sisters, and a brother.  

Although her parents have maintained a low profile, the celebration of Tessa’s national championship victory prompted her sister Claudia to share some rare glimpses of the family on Instagram.


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Her Father Jamel Is a Basketball Coach

Tessa’s recent acclaim in basketball is largely due to her father, Jamel, who is not only a dedicated parent but also a basketball coach. He instilled in his children a love for the game, starting with the basics of shooting.

He first encouraged his kids a fondness for the gym, before delving into the technicalities of the sport. With a keen interest in improving skills through natural learning, Jamel believes in the power of innate ability. He also often says that children excel in sports when they engage naturally, rather than through rigid training methods. He told Post and Courier,

I like to study things that I’m doing, to get better at them. I’m in the field of natural. It resorts to everything in life, especially sports. Kids are always better when they do things naturally, rather than if somebody trained them.

He continued, “They do what they feel, and your job is to teach them how to do it better.”

Two Of Johnson’s Siblings Are Also Sports Lovers

Tessa has four siblings: three sisters, Rae, Olivia, and Claudia, and a brother, Jeremiah Johnson. Her brother Jeremiah currently plays for St Michael-Albertville Public’s basketball team, the same school where Tessa and her sister Rae also played.

Tessa's sisters and mom.
Johnson’s sisters and mom. (Image: Instagram)

Rae, standing at 5 feet 7 inches tall, had a prolific high school career at St. Michael. During her time there, Tessa’s sister won numerous accolades, including being a finalist for Minnesota’s Miss Basketball.

She later played college basketball at Iowa State. Starting with the 2017-18 season, Rae made an immediate impact by playing in all 31 games. Her notable performances included her career-high 14 points during Iowa State’s game against UC Riverside.

She averaged 8.9 points, 2.8 rebounds, and 3.7 assists per game during the 2019-20 season.

Off the court, Rae, who celebrates her birthday on August 2, pursued a degree in communication studies.

About Author: Chakku Haru

Chakku, a seasoned celebrity content writer with a profound passion for the entertainment industry. With years of experience in the field, Chakku specializes in capturing the essence of actors, singers, YouTube stars, and journalists. His expertise extends to providing in-depth insights into their lives, from their career milestones to personal anecdotes that resonate with fans worldwide. Through his captivating writing, Chakku brings the stories of these luminaries to life, leaving readers inspired and engaged