2005 Focus: Mitchell Johnson

Seattle O'Dea point guard Mitchell Johnson is far from a household name. But this 6-1 member of the Class of 2005 is going to be an outstanding floor general in the college game.

Mitchell Johnson, a 6-1, 180 pound point guard from Seattle O'Dea, is a young man college coaches are going to grow to appreciate.

The junior plays the game exactly the way one would expect a classic floor general to run the show. "I think the more people see me the more they understand my game and they think I'm better," Johnson said.

Apparently, we liked Johnson's summer better than he did. "I wasn't real happy in the summer but [shooting] was what I did most consistently, shoot pull-up 3s. I think I have to play in more [AAU] games to be more comfortable and more assertive."

Schools are taking notice. For example, Washington, Stanford and Notre Dame were in to watch him in September. More will follow especially when word gets out that he's got well over a 3.5 in the classroom. He did average 17 points and 8 assists last season.

Oh, and one more reason why Johnson will make it in college: his father. J.J. Johnson went to Iowa and was a standout player. He did some time with Cleveland, Houston, Portland and Seattle. "He's always taught me the game, ever since I've been little. I've always been a point guard. That's always what he kind of molded me into being."

And dad has done a nice job so far.

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