When Peegs.com watched point guard David Johnson lead Louisville Trinity to the King of Bluegrass title last December, we were impressed. Despite being just a sophomore, Johnson took home MVP and did so despite having to face a high major senior in the final in Indiana signee Al Durham Jr.
This past weekend at the annual IndyBall club tournament, we once again got a look at the 6-foot-4, 195 pound guard and he did nothing to change our high opinion. Johnson led his undersized Louisville Magic team all the way to the 16U title game where tired legs finally caught up to the squad in a loss to Indiana Elite 2019.
Before that game we spoke to Johnson and he said we saw him during some of his better sophomore action at the King of Bluegrass event.
"I started off pretty well and then towards the end I was kind of sluggish. Around Christmas time at the King of the Bluegrass and the Arby's Classic, I was playing pretty well," Johnson said.
He indicated his season scoring average was about 14 points per game.
Johnson reminded us some of another Kentucky guard we saw in high school, Owensboro's Quentin Goodin, currently a freshman at Xavier. Both have nice height for a point and Johnson is showing a bit more of consistent outside jumper.
"That's what I am being recruited as, kind of a one and a two," Johnson said. "I think I play better at the point guard position, just because I can find everyone."
That versatility has brought on early interest from the top schools in his area.
"Kentucky, Louisville, Indiana, Xavier and I have talked to Cincinnati, Western Kentucky," Johnson.
None of that list has currently pulled the trigger on an early offer but may be tempted after seeing him later this month at the Dallas adidas Gauntlet stop. That April 21-23 weekend is the first opportunity this year for college coaches to see prospects compete against each other on the shoe or AAU circuit.
Nearby Louisville already has a Trinity High product in freshman forward Ray Spalding.
"I like Louisville just because it is the hometown team and (Spalding) is actually my cousin and we talk a lot about Louisville and stuff like that," Johnson said.
He added some thoughts on Kentucky and Indiana, beginning with the home state Wildcats.
"Kentucky is obviously known for being one-and-done or NBA, so if Kentucky is recruiting me, that is pretty much a big deal for me," Johnson said.
The former Indiana staff was on hand to see Johnson during his high school season.
"I haven't looked as much at Indiana as those two (Kentucky and Louisville) because it's another state and because the coaching has changed, but hopefully I can keep them involved in my recruiting," Johnson said.