Having missed the first three days of the Reebok ABCD Camp while tending to summer school classes, the 6-foot-9 University of Louisville commit had himself quite a day on Friday.
With U of L's Rick Pitino and Kevin Willard looking on, Johnson showed why many recruiting analysts rank him so high. In the afternoon, Johnson started out of the blocks with a 10 point, 3 board, 1 block effort vs. the Hawks that included a highlight-reel dunk in transition. But it was his 15 point (6-7 FG, 3-5 FT), 8 rebound, 3 block performance in the night session game against the Knicks that had to exicte his future coach.
Extremely athletic, Johnson is blessed with enormous physical ability. He's an adept passer, extremely quick around the basket and excels as a shot blocker. He also played extremely well with future Cardinals teammate Andre McGee, who returned for the evening game.
Bottom line: Amir Johnson is a player!
Holloway Impressive, too
Amir Johnson wasn't the only future Louisville big man to play well on Friday.
7-foot-0 Clarence Holloway put up 13 points and 9 rebounds in two games on the day. He had 9 and 7 with Willard looking on from behind court one and clearly has as much potential as nearly any big man at ABCD this week.
His drop step has been impressive, and he's going to get his share of rebounds on size alone. He's got 20 boards in four games (10 DR, 10 OR) showing profiency at both ends. Though he's struggled at times converting (8-22 FG), he has a soft touch in the paint and his post moves are impressive.
He certainly has a wealth of potential and playing for Pitino the next few seasons, in addition to a stringent strength and conditioning program and the NBA will beckon on Holloway's horizon.
McGee Sits Out Game, then Returns
Andre McGee missed Friday's first game because of an ankle injury suffered the night prior. However, McGee's ankle didn't swell much because of an ankle support he wore at the time of the injury, which occurred when driving the lane, and the future Louisville point guard returned to action for the finale.
And it was clearly McGee's best performance of the week, as he finished with 9 points (3-6 FG, 2-5 3FG), 2 assists and 2 steals. He did commit four turnovers but continues to rank in the camp's top ten in assists and steals despite the injury and missing one game.
Pitino, Willard Look On
The two U of L coaches in attendance made it a point to catch several prospects in action on Friday.
It's pretty clear the Cardinals coaches have an eye on the future this week at ABCD.
Odds and Ends
Louisville fans will love the Andre McGee/ Amir Johnson duo. Expect lots of blocked shots by Johnson that lead to Andre McGee racing to the other for easy baskets...also don't be surprised when Johnson is on the receiving end on some of those fast breaks...Marcus Johnson is explosive athletically..he's a slasher right now, but the perimeter jumper is improving..Don't be surprised if Louisville is a significant factor in the recruitments of O.J. Mayo, Bill Walker and Keenan Ellis..While Mayo is a known comodity, Walker is also extremely talented and figures to rank near the top of the 2007 charts...Martez Walker is a big time talent and his future is extemely bright.
More Future Stars
These guys are prospects you'll hear a lot about in the coming years.
6'6 Eric Wallace, G, (2007), 6'0 Cory Fisher, PG, (2007), 6'9 Curtis Kelly (2006), 6'11 Keenan Ellis, C (2007).