Just from watching Johnson in warm-ups, it is easy to salivate about his potential. He dunks reverse tomahawks with little effort, shoots with great touch, and can even handle the basketball. Not to mention he is 6'7 with an ever bigger wingspan.
"He is a freakish athlete. Just an absolute freak," former UNI guard and current ISU grad assistant Erik Crawford said.
Crawford would know. He is teamed with Johnson on their Gratias Construction roster, along with Jiri Hubalek. Crawford has also been on the front-end of several highlight-reel alley-oops to Johnson.
"Oh, I love the alley-oops. I love them. That's what I was known for in high school. Getting the crowd excited with the alley-oops," Johnson said.
But Wesley isn't all flash. He can do other things on the basketball floor.
"Wesley has really developed a lot in the last year. He's grown. He's played guard for most of his life and he grew into this 6'7 frame so he's got perimeter skills," Greg McDermott said in an interview with CN last month.
"I was named best defender in the
He is also developing a nice arsenal of weapons on the offensive end, knocking down several mid-range and long-range jump shots during the summer league games.
"I've really been working on my shot. That's my biggest thing right now, working on my jump shot. And it's coming around," Johnson said.
It's hard to notice the jump shot when Johnson is electrifying the crowd with explosive dunks. On one occasion last week, he received a pass on a fast break, looked the defender off and threw down a vicious slam, jumping from 10 feet away from the rim. Sending the crowd into a "Did I just see that?" murmur.
Although Johnson loves to excite the crowd, he is looking forward to the season for a simpler reason.
"I'm excited to be in the Big 12,
so my mom can see me play. Being from
Along with adjusting to a big-time conference, he has to adapt to a new place of residence and the ever-changing climate.
"It's been different as far as the
weather, the town is smaller than what I'm used to. But I'm mainly focused on
basketball so I haven't really been able to interact with
One place Johnson will get to
interact with often in
"I haven't seen it, but I've heard about it. I hear it gets real loud and crazy, so I'm pumped up about that," Johnson said.
For a guy who quietly slid under
the radar, Johnson has made a very boisterous coming-out-party in
Just remember to bring the ear-plugs.