2009 Guard is Wide Open

The sky is the limit for Elijah Johnson. The Las Vegas guard has all the skills to be among the nation's top point guards. Too bad he isn't always at the one.

Elijah Johnson is good enough that he could wind up being a top-five point guard prospect, the only problem is that he is not playing a ton of point guard over the summer. The Houston Hoops have him playing a lot at the two.

Part of that is to get other players time at the one, and part is to give the 6-2 junior-to-be some work at the off guard position.

"I am trying to get better at the two," Johnson explained. "I like playing the one better, but I am trying to learn to play off the ball."

While position flexibility is always a bonus, he may not need it. Johnson is already drawing comparisons to Baron Davis and other big time point guards.

"His upside is off the charts," said Greg Hicks, Scout.com's West Coast recruiting analyst. "With development, he's got a chance to be the best point guard in the country."

Right now all the big dogs are calling. He's hearing from UCLA, Texas, Kansas, California, Iowa State, Memphis and Arizona, just to name a few.

As of now he is claiming no favorites.

"I am interested in a lot of people right now," Johnson said. "There are a lot of schools I am interested in right now. Some top schools."

Johnson is just now getting his first looks at schools. His trip to Tucson for the Cactus Classic was his first time on a college campus. With the Houston Hoops' extensive tournament schedule, you can bet it won't be his last.

Johnson is actually from Houston but has moved to Las Vegas, where he now plays for Cheyenne High School.

He's a very explosive guard, who seems most comfortable attacking the hoop. He's got a decent jumper that he wants to improve but does his best work among the trees in the pain.

"Getting to the basket," Johnson listed as his best skill followed by, "getting my team where they need to be."

He may not know much about where he wants to play, but he certainly knows what he wants to play.

"I want to play up-tempo," Johnson admitted. "I don't want to play sets. I don't really like sets too much. I want a team that runs and guns."

This story was originally published on Wildcat Insider, the Arizona site on the Scout.com network.


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