Mike Pegram, Peegs.com

Indiana showing interest now in versatile Michigan forward

Brandon Johns' strong April in Nike EYBL action has brought on interest from Indiana and a new scholarship offer this week. Read what he has to say about the Hoosiers and his offseason.

Consistently good play from 6-foot-7 forward Brandon Johns has brought on new interest for the four-star prospect from East Lansing, Michigan.

One of those schools now calling on Johns is Indiana and brand new head coach Archie Miller.

The Hoosier staff has actively recruiting his Spiece Indy Heat teammate, Fort Wayne North rising junior Keion Brooks. That meant the staff was a courtside staple April for the tea, and got to witness Johns stand out. The Michigan native averaged 14.5 points, 8.1 rebounds and did it efficiently, shooting an impressive 59.2 percent from the floor and 57.1 percent from three-point range. That three-point rate ranked first among all players who took at least 20 three-pointers.

Johns and the Indy Heat were in Fort Wayne this past weekend competing in the annual Run N' Slam tournament and it was there that Peegs.com caught up with him after a pool game victory.

"It's been going pretty well for me so far," Johns said. "I am starting to get used to the EYBL. The competition there is always so high."

His offer list continues to grow. Yesterday he added an offer from Xavier. In Fort Wayne he said Michigan, Michigan State, Alabama, Iowa, Purdue, Missouri, Memphis, Texas, Creighton and others had offered.

Besides Indiana, others also showing recent interest include Maryland, VCU and Butler.

The Hoosier staff reached out last week.

"We just starting talking about two days ago," Johnson said on Saturday. "I spoke to the new assistant coach, coach (Tom) Ostrom. 

"We talked about how they really want to get me down on campus for a visit sometime soon and how well I could help the program."

Johns seems open to the interest and potential unofficial.

"I really like the idea and would consider them," Johns said.

Over the last year  he has added a lot of strength, and that has helped him take on both forward roles for the Indy Heat this spring.

"I am pretty versatile, can play inside or outside," Johns said. 

Having grown up a short jog from a Big Ten school has been a blessing.

"It is pretty cool actually," Johns said about living near Michigan State's campus. "We used to go to their games a lot when I was younger, so I really grew up watching them. "

He has his own pros and cons to staying home for college.

"The pros would be that my family is always going to be there. I am pretty close to my family. The cons are that I have been there almost all my life, and staying I wouldn't get to experience anything else."

Johns and his Spiece Indy Heat program return to EYBL action this Friday night in Georgia.


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