Women's Basketball

Seanna Johnson is still looking for a professional home

Senior guard Seanna Johnson looks for a teammate to pass to at the Oklahoma game, Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017, at Hilton Coliseum in Ames. Photo by: Lani Tons

Seanna Johnson solidified herself as one of the best players to put on an Iowa State uniform during her senior season for the Cyclones in 2016-17.

The Brooklyn Park, Minn. native finished her career seventh all-time in points and third in rebounds in program history, but her ability to stuff the stat sheet might not translate to a high-profile professional career.

With the WNBA season quickly approaching, Bill Fennelly and his staff are still helping Johnson search for a new home for her on-court services.

“It’s still hard. We’re trying a lot of stuff,” Fennelly told Cyclone Fanatic on the first stop of the Cyclone Tailgate Tour in Harlan on Monday. “Her game just doesn’t translate as well. There’s not as many jobs in professional basketball. She’s one of those people that had a great college career, but is a tweener and whatever. We’re still looking overseas. Now that the WNBA season has started and they’ve made their cuts, there’s another wave of trying to make it happen. We’re talking to a lot of people. I was talking to a couple agents last Thursday and it’s just really hard trying to find something.”

Johnson, an honorable mention all-Big 12 selection as a senior, averaged 15.8 points and 8.2 rebounds per game in her final season in Ames. She was the fastest Cyclone to reach 500, 600, 700, 800, 900 and 1,000 career rebounds.

Plus, she recorded double-doubles in 33 career games, a stat which ranks her second in school history. Despite being a little undersized as a forward at 5-foot-10, it still seems hard to believe there won’t be a place for Johnson to continue her career at the next level.

Even if she doesn’t reach the peak levels of women’s basketball and if her drive off the court is anything like it was on it, there’s no doubt Johnson will be highly successful.

“We’ll keep looking and it’s just a matter of someone like Seanna, how flexible are you,” Fennelly said. “Where do you want to go in the world? How much money are you going to make? I think she’d like to do it, but I think if it doesn’t happen she’ll look back and she’s ready to move on to something else in her life.”

Jared Stansbury


Jared a native of Clarinda, Iowa, started as the Cyclone Fanatic intern in August 2013, primarily working as a videographer until starting on the women’s basketball beat prior to the 2014-15 season. Upon earning his Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from Iowa State in May 2016, Jared was hired as the site’s full-time staff writer, taking over as the primary day-to-day reporter on football and men’s basketball. He was elevated to the position of managing editor in January 2020. He is a regular contributor on 1460 KXNO in Des Moines and makes regular guest appearances on radio stations across the Midwest. Jared resides in Ankeny with his four-year-old puggle, Lolo.

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