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Oklahoma State basketball: Recruit who Kurt Budke was flying to see signs with Oklahoma State

OSU PLANE CRASH -- Almost a year after Cowgirls coach Kurt Budke and assistant Miranda Serna were killed in a plan crash on their way to see her, Arkansas high school standout Roshunda Johnson signs with OSU.
By Gina Mizell Modified: November 16, 2012 at 11:36 am •  Published: November 15, 2012

“When I came up there, it really felt like it was another home for me,” Johnson said. “The team just made me feel welcome.

“Really, it was just all about the people.”

Johnson, who is rated the No. 49 overall prospect in the nation by ESPN HoopGurlz, averaged 21 points, six rebounds eight assists and three steals per game as a junior and helped lead Parkview to the Class 6A state title. She describes herself as a hard worker and solid defender who has an ability to shoot the pullup jumper and 3-pointer.

“Getting a commitment from Roshunda, who is one of the top point guards in the country, is a huge plus for our program,” Cowgirl coach Jim Littell said. “She is a true winner and does whatever it takes to win.”

Johnson appears to be in line to eventually replace Tiffany Bias, who will be a senior next season. But Johnson said she's particularly excited to share the court with Bias, and learn under the Cowgirls' dynamic guard, because of their similar playing styles.

It's been almost a year since Budke and Serna were supposed to be in the stands evaluating Johnson.

But Johnson is now looking forward to playing in the arena where Budke and Serna once coached, for the program she always felt linked to.

“I feel like my dreams are actually coming true,” Johnson said. “For me to have an opportunity that most people don't have, it's a gift from God.”

One year later

As the one-year anniversary of the plane crash killed Oklahoma State women's basketball coach Kurt Budke, assistant Miranda Serna and program supporters Olin and Paula Branstetter approaches, The Oklahoman looks at the lives of those affected by the crash.

Wednesday: Nettie Herrera still mourns her daughter, Miranda Serna.

Thursday: Kurt Budke's son Alex is playing in front of ‘family' at OSU.

Friday: Catching up with Roshunda Johnson, one of the players Budke and Serna were on the way to see when the plane crashed.

Saturday: The five words Shelley Budke has been living by since the crash.


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