Commitment Impact: Ryan Johnson

Wallace (N.C.) New Hope Christian Academy wing Ryan Johnson is the fifth commitment to Rutgers and coach Eddie Jordan in the class of 2014. ScarletReport.com is here to take a deeper look at Johnson's commitment, and where he fits in the first edition of Big Ten basketball on the Banks.

Committed Over -- Ryan Johnson chose Rutgers over offers from James Madison and UNC Wilmington. Minnesota was also in the picture.

Rated -- An under the radar prospect, Johnson was unrated in the 2014 recruiting rankings.

Scouting Report -- Johnson is a scorer – plain and simple. He is comfortable shooting the three, but is best when penetrating to draw contact and make layups. Scoring 2,000 points in high school is impressive regardless of competition, but he is going to have to make major adjustments heading into the Big Ten.

Johnson has long arms, and the frame to grow into a physical two or three for the Scarlet Knights. He shows average athleticism and court awareness.

Johnson does well in drawing double teams to find the open man. Johnson will need to get stronger to become the rebounder Rutgers wants him to be, and he needs to improve the way he finishes in traffic. Johnson has a true long-range shot that was lacking from many wings on the court last season for Rutgers. He can expect Big Ten defenders to be more aggressive in altering his shot, and will need to improve shooting with a hand in his face.

Recruiting Impact -- Johnson fills another roster spot after losing six scholarship players came off the books after the 2013-14 season. He is the fifth commitment in the class, and Rutgers coach Eddie Jordan has said he wants to bring one or two more prospects in the class.

Rutgers lost J.J. Moore to graduate and Craig Brown to transfer. Look for Johnson to fill a similar role with the ability to play multiple positions.

The top need as Jordan finishes his recruiting class now becomes point guard, where senior Myles Mack is the only true floor general on the roster.

Quotable -- "He's a scorer. That's his thing. He's going to knock down shots, and make sure he can get open. He's going to make a living at the free throw line. He's a scorer first, and he does it really well. He's going to make his shots." – New Hope Christian head coach Mike Shaw.

Final Thought -- Given the current circumstances for Jordan, Johnson is the kind of player that Rutgers should be getting. Recruiting comes with a learning curve for someone approaching his second year as a college coach.

When you need scorers this late in the process, four-stars and JuCos do not grow on trees.

Johnson can help in distributing the basketball with a limited number of ball handlers on the roster, and he has the chance to be instant offense off the bench alongside fellow freshman Mike Williams.


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