Johnson jetting toward spring decision

RALEIGH, N.C. — The HSOT Invitational evolved into a nice springboard for Kaleb Johnson, the 6-6 combo forward at Martinsville (Va.) Carlisle.

Kaleb Johnson shares the court with several other Division I teammates but managed to stand out at times this past week at the HSOT. A 6-6 WF/PF, the senior boasts outstanding speed and loves to drive the ball coast to coast.

Johnson’s high points include scrappy rebounding as well, as he hustles on both backboards and generates scoring opportunities for himself and extra possessions for his squad. A southpaw, he tends to run full speed at every opportunity and, while not a shifty driver in traffic, makes plays thanks to his size and speed.

An unsigned senior, his scenario differs from that of the various underclassmen who participated at the event. His timeline will conclude in time to sign in the spring, and thus it’s only the high school season — no more travel team ball — that must attract scholarship offers.

”I have interest from Charlotte, Penn, William & Mary and Tennessee,” Johnson said. “I took visits to William & Mary and Tennessee during this season.”

As indicated by the presence of Penn on his list, academics loom as legitimate factor in Johnson’s thought process.

”I make really good grades, so the academics will be an important part of it,” he said.

His playing style resembles that of a utility forward. Though small for the post at 6-6, he doesn’t mind banging against taller, strong opposition.

”I’ve definitely focused on rebounding because we have a smaller team,” he said. “For college, I think I’ll be a ‘three,” and I just want to come in and have an impact.”

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