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LSU’s Flau’jae Johnson shines on ‘America’s Got Talent’

Flau'jae Johnson has started every game this season for LSU. (Stephen Lew/USA TODAY Sports)

Flau’jae Johnson has started every game this season for undefeated LSU women’s basketball. But she’s also showcasing her talents off the court.

The freshman guard from Savannah, Georgia, performed her own rap song Monday on NBC’s “America’s Got Talent: All-Stars.”

Johnson first appeared on “America’s Got Talent” as a 14-year-old. She dedicated her performance to her father, a rapper named Camouflage who was murdered before Johnson was born.

“I came off ‘AGT’ and did everything I said I was going to do,” she said on Monday’s show. “Last time it was all about my father’s legacy. Now I get to tell my story.”

After her performance, judges Simon Cowell, Heidi Klum and Howie Mandel applauded Johnson for her skill as a rapper but also her growth.

“I felt very emotional during that,” Cowell said. “You came back so much better. You’re already a star. Now you’re an all-star.”

LSU sophomore star Angel Reese cheered on her teammate in a tweet Monday, saying Johnson’s story “gives me chills every time.”

Before Johnson even started at LSU, she had a recording deal with Jay Z’s label Roc Nation. And while she did not win the spot in the finals up for grabs in Monday’s episode, she and the No. 3 Tigers (23-0) are rolling through their season.

Johnson, who is averaging 13.0 points and 6.5 rebounds this season, traces her comfort on the court for LSU to her relationship with coach Kim Mulkey.

“I feel like Coach Mulkey really took a chance on me when nobody was willing to take a chance on me,” she told the Lafayette Daily Advertiser. “I had offers but she really believed in what I wanted to do as far as with my music and playing basketball.”

Mulkey, for her part, appreciates Johnson’s work ethic as a rapper and as a basketball player. She also was happy to get a lyrical shout-out in one of Johnson’s songs.

“I’m like, ‘What are you doing? Are you making up a song?’ (She said,) ‘It’s not called that coach, it’s freestyle,'” Mulkey said. “She has one now with my name in it, so she’s going to get more minutes.”