Johnson Shows Off Talent At Pangos

After a big weekend in Long Beach (Calif.), James Johnson picked up an invite to NBPA camp and an offer from a Big 12 program.

It's rare for a guy of James Johnson's caliber to fly under the radar this long, but now the secret is out about this 6-foot-9, 220-pound post prospect.

After sitting out his junior season because of a transfer to San Diego (Calif.) Morse, Johnson hit the spring circuit. In early May his name began to circulate, then he performed well at the Nike Memorial Day Classic

Last weekend at the Pangos All-American Camp, Johnson did it again. With a number of scouts watching his every move the class of 2010 product made play after play and proved himself as a high major prospect and a future Top 50 player.

Despite his strong play, Johnson sees area for improvement and said he's ready to get back in the gym more consistently.

"I haven't been playing the greatest," Johnson told "I haven't been in the gym for about three or four months because I've been in school trying to work on my grades so I'm just starting to get back into it."

It's scary to see what the in shape version of Johnson would look like. At Pangos he showed off his athleticism and tried to dunk at every opportunity. But he isn't just a run and jump athlete, as he's got post moves inside and can step out to 21-feet for jumpers.

"I love to run up and down the court and I love to catch alley-oops," Johnson said. "I play defense, block shots and I love to go one-on-one down in the post and I can take it out on the perimeter too."

Johnson's recruitment has been relatively quiet, until now. Prior to Pangos All-American Camp only San Diego, Marquette, California and Stanford had seen him play in person.

Among the schools Johnson mentioned showing him attention were Arizona, San Diego, San Diego State, New Mexico State, California and UCLA.

"It's going well," Johnson said. "There's a little bit of pressure on it. I think it's going good."

San Diego and San Diego State offered him a scholarship prior to this past weekend. Shortly after Pangos Camp, Oklahoma head coach Jeff Capel sent a scholarship offer his way as well.

"It's really early and I have a lot of work to put in," Johnson said. "So I'm just going to wait it out."

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