Q&A with Jerome Johnson

We caught up with recent Clemson commitment Jerome Johnson to get the latest on his recent decision to play basketball for Head Coach Oliver Purnell. Johnson is the sixth recruit in the 2004 class and will be eligible to play this season.

PF Jerome Johnson
6-8, 228
IMG Academy
Bradenton, Florida

Johnson is a originally a native of Maryland and had been receiving high-major looks throughout the high school season. DePaul and Nebraska showed a lot of interest in him.

Johnson, nicknamed "Stretch", is eligible to play for the Tigers this season.

First off, just tell us how good it feels to be able to play in the best conference in the America in the ACC?
Johnson: It feels good. The ACC is the best conference in the world. You get to play against Duke, Maryland, and North Carolina, you get to play against the best teams in the world.

Did you grow up rooting for any one of those teams?
Johnson: Yeah- Maryland.

What were some of the main reasons you decided on Clemson?
Johnson: Well, Clemson came down to my school about four times last year and met with me face-to-face, so we kind of connected. Plus, I know Cheyenne Moore. I played with him last year.

You averaged close to 15 points, 10 rebounds, and 4 blocks per game last year. Talk a little bit about your strengths and weaknesses.
Johnson: I defend well. Plus I can block shots and run the floor. I'm a good post player. My weakness is probably my ball handling.

What do you mean by ball handling? Are you talking about receiving entry passes or putting the ball on the floor?
Johnson: No, just going coast to coast I guess.

How do you feel like you'll fit in with Coach Purnell and his philosophy at Clemson?
Johnson: Well, Coach Purnell likes to run the floor, block shots, and defend, and those are the things that I do well.

What are you doing between now and when classes start?
Johnson: Mainly working on my ball handling up in Baltimore. I report to Clemson on August 15th.

How do you generally score? Are you a back-to-the-basket type of player? Can you shoot from the outside?
Johnson: I can shoot from mid-range back to the three point line or shoot off the dribble. I've got a jump hook and I've got a baseline spin move that I use.

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