East Lansing (Mich.) 2018 SF Brandon Johns talks Michigan interest and more.

East Lansing (Mich.) 2018 SF Brandon Johns talks Michigan interest and more.

FT. WAYNE, Ind. -- Brandon Johns is already considered the top prospect from the state of Michigan in the 2018 class.

A native of East Lansing, Mich., Johns is an athletic small forward, who possesses rare speed and quickness, and is coming in at 6-foot-7.5, 226-pounds as he heads into his AAU spring/summer tour.

On Friday, Johns received his first Big Ten offer from Iowa. He also holds an offer from Alabama, plus he says he’s hearing considerable interest from Michigan, Michigan State and Kansas.

While MSU is his local team, U-M has ramped up its interest in Johns, and his interest seems to be mutual in the Wolverines.

“There is always an interest (in Michigan), my mom loves them,” Johns said. “I camped (at U-M) last year, so I would love to go back again.”

Adding: “So far they have showed me pretty much everything. I love their campus. I love everything about the school.”

With only two offers to his name, many more are expected for Johns, specifically from Michigan. However, he says he’s not counting on getting an offer from U-M or any other school before he actually receives the offer. 

“I’m not trying to be like ‘Oh yeah, I bet they are going to offer me.’ If it happens, it happens,” Johns said of potential Michigan offer. “If it does, I am really happy it happens.”

But Johns did admit an offer from the Wolverines would “mean a lot” in his recruitment.

“It’s one of my home schools from Michigan,” he said. “It would definitely be an option.”

Bacari Alexander, who just left U-M to become Detroit Mercy’s head coach last month, was Johns’ main recruiter at U-M.  That role has since been taken over by Michigan coach John Beilein, says Johns.

In the meantime, Johns says his goal this summer is to continue evolving his game.

“I am working on my agility to make my game better,” he said. “I want to get faster. I am working on my ball handling and my aggressiveness.


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