Johnson one of 2016's top centers
One of the top centers in the 2016 class is 6-foot-11, 230-pound San Juan Capistrano (Calif.) J.Serra's Jayce Johnson. A big body post that plays hard, shows nice touch around the basket and can finish with both hands, Johnson projects as a big kid who will be tough to stop in the paint at the next level. West Coast programs have been tracking Johnson closely and give the family good feedback about how he played in the open period. "I think he's played well this spring," said Jayce's father, Jay Johnson. "He works hard, he plays defense and he can use his left and right hands. I talked to some assistant coaches after they saw him play in Kansas City and they all thought he was left-handed until they saw him shoot free throws." Going up against stronger and more experienced posts can be tough for an underclassman but Jayce is focused on getting better. "He's playing against bigger, older kids right now but he just wants to play," Jay said. "He works out a lot; almost every day after school. He always wants to work out. "He's been really working on his vertical. He's 6-foot-11 now and working towards 7-foot and he can obviously dunk but he's working on his second jump. He's also working on keeping the ball up and not bringing it low." Jayce has received offers from Portland, UNLV, Boise State, California, Arizona State, Utah and Cal State Northridge, with schools such as Gonzaga, Auburn, Boston College and Stanford monitoring him, according to Jay. Being that Jayce is a high academic kid, academics could play a role in the decision. "He works hard and has a 4.0 GPA so academics will play a role in his recruiting process," said Jay. Where Jayce fits in with the programs recruiting him is something the family will also be looking at. "A lot of it will be the school, who else they have there and who else they're looking at," said Jay. "Obviously Jayce wants to play so we'll look at that stuff. How does that program typically use bigs? We'll look at stuff like that." Over the summer, the family hopes to take some unofficial visits. "I talked to Stan Johnson at Arizona State about tying to make it out there and we would like to get up to the Northern California schools," Jay said. "I grew up in Northern California and went to Saint Mary's and my sister went to Berkeley so we're familiar with the area, so we'll try to swing up there." As of now, there's no hurry for Jayce to get a commitment over with. "I don't think there's a rush," said Jay. "Jayce just got his driver's license and he's taking it all in. There's no rush in making a decision."
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