Strengths: Emotionally invested player. Johnson doesn’t hang his head after bad plays, he does his best to make up for it on the other end (e.g., chasing down an opponent after a live-ball TO and pinning his shot against the backboard). Adept at moving without the ball in the half-court and finding different spots b/c of Dayton’s 4-out offense … The lefty will knock down shots if left open and does not hesitate to hoist it from deep (took 24 3’s in 3 games in Portsmouth) … Shot right at 40% from 3 as a senior on more than 5 attempts a game … Not especially quick but he is fast … Crashes the weakside glass on offense consistently. Good help and recover defender … Tends to make quick decisions with the ball on offense – not a lot of wasted dribbles (PG dominated the ball at Dayton).
Weaknesses: Body language wanes in stretches (hands on hips for a bit if he’s opposite the ball and it’s not being reversed, for example) … Needs to do a better job of coming low-to-high off screens and being ready to catch and shoot … Also needs to improve on moving with a purpose without the ball/setting up his cuts (even if he’s just replacing himself) in order to make his defender work harder. Tends to make himself easily guardable in halfcourt possessions that have broken down …
Notes: Measured 6’5 (in shoes) 194 lbs, with a 6’9 wingspan at the 2011 Kevin Durant Skills Academy.
Ryan Mattocks 6/18/12