2018 Basketball Target to Visit Iowa

East Lansing product Brandon Johns, a 2018 hoops target offered by Iowa, plans to visit the Hawkeyes.

He still has a couple years left of high school ball, but that doesn't mean Brandon Johns isn't garnering attention from schools around the country.  Iowa was the latest to offer the talented small forward from East Lansing, MI.

"It was truly great, I mean to have an offer from anyone is absolutely great, but to add another one from a Big Ten school, it was amazing," Johns said.  "I have another offer from Alabama and interest from Texas, MSU, Michigan, and Kansas," said Johns. 

That is already a pretty impressive list and it's only a matter of time before other schools start to offer him.  Michigan looks like a school that, if they offered, would get a lot of Johns' attention.

"There is always an interest (in Michigan), my Mom loves them," he said to Josh Newkirk of the Michigan Insider.


Johns has good length at 6-foot-7 and is an exceptional athlete. Watching him shoot, it is obvious he is a talented shooter.  He even cited it as one of his best attributes as a player.  

"I think the best part of my game is my shooting, ball handling, and rebounding," said Johns.

But Johns does think that there are areas of his game that he has to work on before he reaches the next level as well.

"I could work on my aggressiveness, I feel I need more dog in me so I can just be an animal on the court.  I need to work on my free throws also, because free throws win games and are always a major factor."

Unfortunately, Iowa fans have had to find out the hard way that free throws always play a major factor in games.  And Johns understands that as well.  

Assistant coach, Sherman Dillard, has been the primary contact for Johns who has yet to speak with Fran McCaffery.

"I was supposed to talk to him (McCaffery) yesterday, but he was busy unfortunately, but I think soon I will be able to.  I like the way they (Iowa) play and I think they are a great program."

Iowa had success pulling former point guard, Anthony Clemmons, from the same area, but Johns said he hasn't spoken to Clemmons about Iowa.  "I do remember watching him (Clemmons), Denzel, and Bryn at Sexton when I was younger," said Johns.

The class of 2018 looks like it could be a thin class for the Hawkeyes with only one senior in the graduating class (Dom Uhl), but as we know, transfers happen all the time in college basketball, so a few more could open up before Johns is ready to give his commitment.  When asked if he plans on taking a visit to Iowa City he said, "Of course I do! Hopefully soon I can take an unofficial to see the campus and everything."

He will add other offers being the top player in the state of Michigan, but Johns would be a great fit in Iowa's system.  He's a long, athletic wing that can shoot exceptionally well. 

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