Adidas Camp: Jalen Johnson

BROOKVILLE, N.Y. — For the past year Jalen Johnson has enjoyed abundant exposure. He has toured the Adidas circuit with Team Wall and played alongside Harry Giles at High Point (N.C.) Wesleyan during the high school season. Very few of his peers have competed with and against such formidable prospects, and the benefits have been handsome. And yet, he's still striving for more.



There's a lot to like about Jalen Johnson. A 6-7 wing forward, the skinny rising senior boasts the kind of tools and skills that have enabled him to become one of the Southeast's most tantalizing and recruitable prospects this summer.

Johnson is a southpaw who loves to launch three-pointers, and he frequently swishes his long bombs. He probably fires up a few too many long jump shots when he could take or a few dribbles for some easier attempts, but college coaches love a 6-7 player who can knock down bombs.

Meanwhile, Johnson has put his explosive athleticism on display at Adidas as well. He's a fantastic straight-up leaper whose missed tip-dunk this afternoon— after he skied on his second leap — was just as impressive as anything else he did in the game.

He still must refine his ballhandling and especially going right, but he's certainly capable of receiving a pass along the baseline and springing into view for aerial finishes. He passes fine for the wing and also should develop into a fine defender once he gains strength.

An increasing number of college coaches have become enamored with his talents and made him a priority heading into late summer.

"Miami, Tennessee, Clemson, South Carolina, East Carolina, Providence, University of Buffalo and South Florida have offered recently," Johnson said. "Florida and Xavier are interested."

And of course there are the mainstays. Johnson said that Virginia is continuing to evaluate him and that Wake Forest also remains in the mix, as the Demon Deacons became the first to offer.

"I want to see where things are after the live period," Johnson said. "If it's still picking up, then I'm not going to cut it down just yet."

Johnson is among those players who has helped himself this week, so don't be surprised if in fact he continues to entice new suitors.



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