David Johnson

2019 Intro: David Johnson wins MVP awards, recruiting interest picks up

David Johnson is having a strong start to his sophomore season, winning a pair of holiday events and MVP awards. The 6-foot-4 guard is starting to get recruiting interest too.

It’s been an impressive two weeks for Louisville (Ky.) Trinity sophomore guard David Johnson. Johnson helped the Shamrocks win the King of the Bluegrass and the Arby’s Classic and was named MVP of both events.

“I’m playing pretty good for the role that I’m playing right now, taking over the point guard spot,” Johnson told Scout.

“[I’m] distributing, defense, scoring and just game changing stuff,” he said when asked what he’s doing when he’s at his best.


Johnson is a versatile guard that can play and defend multiple positions. For Trinity, he’s playing with the ball in his hands, but over the summer with the Louisville Magic he showed he could play a couple off of it as well.

“He just means a lot to his team playing the point guard spot,” Louisville Magic coach Ellis Myles told Scout. “I think that’s big. Just like playing the quarterback spot. You are in control of everything and it’s something that he hasn’t played too many minutes.”

“At 6-4 or 6-4 ½, he’s guarding guys that are 6-foot or 5-10,” he added. “Those things stick out of about him because he’s actually a guy that guards on both ends and he has a motor.”

While Johnson said he needs to continue to improve his shooting off the bounce, Myles said his scoring and ability to facilitate are among his biggest strengths.

“I think he’s scoring the ball and distributing,” Myles said when asked about his strengths. “I had him all of July and he’s very athletic.”

On the recruiting front, attention is already rolling in for the 2019 prospect. Thus far, Johnson said he’s hearing the most from IndianaLouisville and Xavier.

“It’s going pretty good so far,” he said of his recruitment.

Kentucky Kentucky has been by his school, while TennesseeVirginia TechCincinnati and Eastern Kentucky have reached out. Thus far, Johnson’s only unofficial visit has been to Louisville.

“I like their coaching staff and it’s a hometown team,” he said when asked about the trip.

But it’s very early in his process. According to Johnson, none of the schools involved have offered him a scholarship yet.

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