Breaking down game of Top 75 Utah commit Jayce Johnson

Scout's 59th ranked 2016 prospect is headed to Utah, as Jayce Johnson committed to the Utes on Monday. What kind of player is Utah getting in Johnson?

Utah's program received a big addition on Monday, when 6-foot-11, 225-pound Santa Monica (Calif.) center Jayce Johnson committed to the Utes.

Johnson is Scout's 59th ranked prospect in 2016, but he'll reclassify to 2015, enroll at Utah in December and redshirt as a freshman.

The four-star prospect is a huge commitment for the Utes. He's make great strides as a prospect over the last several months and, heading into college, he's playing the best basketball of his life.

At the Under Armour All-American Camp in July, Johnson measured at 6-foot-9.5 without shoes, which typically rounds up to roughly 6-foot-11 with shoes.

He was measured as having a 7-foot-2 wingspan and has a 9-foot standing reach, so he has long arms to go with that size. Johnson also has wide shoulders and in general has a very good frame for the position.

Johnson has made terrific strides getting in shape over the last year. As an underclassman, he still had baby fat and wasn't overly mobile, but since the beginning of 2015 he's gotten in very good shape and is as mobile as he's ever been because of it.

One of Johnson's best attributes is the fact that he's ambidextrous; he's equally comfortable finishing with his left and right hands. He's still developing his post moves but has hook shots with both hands.

As Johnson has improved his mobility, he's only learned to play harder and does a very good job getting out in transition and beating opposing bigs down the court. He's now playing as hard as he ever has.

Johnson realizes he’s a post and while he can step out and shoot the midrange jumper, he’s not wasting time on the perimeter; he’s usually inside sealing, looking for entry passes or boxing out, hunting rebounds.

Even though Johnson certainly has value on offense, it's his defense that is his best side of the court. His size and length helps, but so do his toughness and motor. He rebounds his area well and protects the rim.

The work ethic that Johnson has shown over the last year, the improvement in his game and the maturity to be willing to miss his senior year of high school in order to commit himself further to basketball are all good signs about his future in the sport.

Larry Krystkowiak has done a very good job of player development at Utah and he's getting a player with a lot of upside in Jayce Johnson.


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