Johnson Talks Past Present, Future

Class of 2009's Stephon Johnson is a 6'6" combo forward who plays along with Miami targets Orlando Williams, Marquis Horne, and Jordan Siebert (2010) at Princeton High School in Cincinnati, Ohio. Princeton will be the defending Greater Miami Conference (GMC) champions next season. Princeton will also be one of the favorites to win the Ohio big school state championship.

Class of 2009's Stephon Johnson is a 6'6" combo forward who plays along with Miami targets Orlando Williams, Marquis Horne, and Jordan Siebert (2010) at Princeton High School in Cincinnati, Ohio. Princeton will be the defending Greater Miami Conference (GMC) champions next season. Princeton will also be one of the favorites to win the Ohio big school state championship.

His AAU team, Ohio Basketball Club (OBC), won the Ohio AAU championships last month over All-Ohio Red by a score of 92-90 in double overtime. On OBC, Stephon plays along with Miami targets Orlando Williams, Danny McElroy, and Carl Jones.

Stephon has the body of a wing forward, but plays like a post player. Johnson told RedHawk Insider at Miami's Elite Camp, "I am a 3/4. In high school, I play power forward and some small forward. On AAU I play small forward."

He describes his game as similar to USC's Davon Jefferson as well as Kenyon Martin as far as his ability to dribble. However, he feels he can shoot a little bit better than Kenyon. He indicated that he does more in the post than on the high side. As such, for college he is trying to expand his range. He has been told that is what coaches are looking from him.

At this point, Stephon Johnson is pretty open as far as his colleges that he has interest in. He listed as his former favorite to be Wisconsin. Johnson elaborated on the Badgers, "They were recruiting me until I broke my foot twice. They still send me letters and stuff. I know most likely it is not going to happen."

Stephon Johnson is a realist. Of the schools that are actively recruiting him, he had this to say, "Miami (OH) is one of my favorites. Also, Tennessee State, Western Michigan, and James Madison." Other schools of interest are Valparaiso, NJIT, UTEP, and Western Kentucky.

He has taken visits to Bowling Green, James Madison, and Miami.

Stephon's visit to James Madison went very well. He really liked the coaches there and found the program very interesting. Johnson said, "They want me to come back and visit another time."

He also said his visit to Bowling Green went well. Johnson said of Bowling Green, "They were going to offer me, but something happened and they just have not offered me. They are still recruiting me hard, so I don't know if they are going to offer me or not."

On his visit to Miami, he came to Oxford with teammate Orlando Williams for Miami's football game with Bowling Green. He was able to watch the Miami basketball team in a work out session in Millett Hall's subgym.

In college, he would like to major in business management or entrepreneurship. However, college may wait a year. Johnson said, "I am thinking that if I don't get the offers that I want I probably will go prep (school)."

Right now, he is focused on winning another GMC title and a state championship. Stephon Johnson knows that repeating as GMC champions will be tough. Johnson said, "Middletown (Bill Edwards, Allen Roberts, Tony Peters) is our rival. This is going to be a good game. One game will be played on a Tuesday. Odd day to play them. It will be at our house. We would like to take it all the way to state for Coach Brewer."

Princeton's former head coach Bill Brewer passed away last year before the season started. Stephon got a little teary eyed talking about his former coach, "(Brewer's death) affected me real bad. When you heard about it, some of us didn't believe it, some of us did. We all went to a room and aired everything out." said Johnson. The school rallied around the team. The next day, the team went about having practice. Johnson said, "They didn't want us to just sit on it."

Coach Brewer was famous in the greater Cincinnati area for one big win. He had coached Roger Bacon (led by then soon-to-be Miami RedHawks Josh Hausfeld and Monty St. Clair) to the 2002 Ohio Division II state championship over Akron St. Vincent- St. Mary (SVSM). SVSM had a loaded team with future Akron Zips Romeo Travis and Dru Joyce as well as NBA superstar Lebron James. It was the only loss a Lebron led SVSM ever suffered against another Ohio school.

The entire Princeton team went to Coach Brewer's visitation and funeral. It was at these events that Stephon realized just how well popular Coach Brewer really was. Johnson said, "At his visitation, he was well known. A lot of people. The line was out the door. At the funeral, again a lot of people there."

Stephon Johnson's last comment about Coach Brewer was heartfelt. "I will miss him a lot."


RedHawk Insider Top Stories