WHO IS MITCHELL JOHNSON?

So who exactly is this Mitchell Johnson that recently received the attention of several high major programs, including Kansas?

For those wanting to know, he is a 6-1 PG/WG from Seattle (WA) O'Dea. He is also a part of what I consider to be a nice group of prospects in that area.

Here is a little closer look at Mitchell Johnson and several other Seattle/WA area talents that could make some national noise.

I'll start with Johnson first because he does have a chance to be a very good PG. Right now I think he is caught somewhere between being a natural WG and a natural PG because he passes well but is a dangerous shooter. Perhaps you could compare him to a less athletic dominant Chris Thomas. If Johnson can play like a true point guard and improve his quickness just a little, he has a chance to be the type of player who could play on a pretty high level in the Big 12 or Pac 10. It is just a little early to tell and I am looking forward to seeing him more so I can get a better feel for his game.

Still, there are at least three other Seattle kids who may be a little more developed than Johnson at this point.

I'll start off with the player I consider the best of the bunch, 6-7 WG/WF Martell Webster from Seattle (WA) Prep.

What I like most is the maturity he plays with on the court and he is very reliable, and performs in an almost workmanlike fashion. He'll go inside or outside and handles the ball pretty well. But, he has broken the same foot/ankle two years in a row now so that will be a concern he'll have to overcome in the future. Arizona is all over him along with UNC and a bunch of others.

Next there is 6-6 WG Marcus Williams from Seattle (WA) Roosevelt. I don't think he got the chance to really play his game with Marvin Williams was starring for Rotary Select last summer. Like Webster I think Williams is versatile but he isn't a flashy athlete so he doesn't draw attention. What he does do is fill a stat sheet and play good defense. He's still on the skinny side but he is becoming more explosive and bulking up some while even playing a little point.

It seems that the West Coast guys really seem to like Williams, while a lot of national guys still have questions about his game. I side with the West Coast guys on Marcus and think he has a chance to be a breakout player. I think he'll go from somebody that high majors are interested in, to somebody they target.

There are also guys like 6-5 WG (sometimes PG) Terrance Williams from Seattle (WA) Rainier Beach. He's a versatile and athletic guard. He is bit erratic at times and reminds me a little bit of former Rainer Beach guys liked Jamal Crawford and the Stewart twins. He is slender and springy and like Crawford he can play some as a scoring point, but like the twins he can be a bit wild (although he isn't "Stewart wild" which is a class of its own).

John Brockman is a burly, strong, and surprisingly athletic, 6-7 BF from Snohomish (WA) High who has gotten plenty of looks. He is as tough as nails, but listing Brockman at 6-7 might be generous. Either way, he'll get looks from national programs as well.

Finally there is 6-8 BF Artem Wallace from Toledo (WA) High. I haven't seen him yet myself, but there is a lot of early buzz about him and he is a Russian import. Could follow in the footsteps of other tough Euro's like Alexander "Sasha" Kaun and Linas Kleiza? The early buzz says he is worthy of at least following.


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