New Jersey Forward Working Hard

Reporter Mike Sullivan provides a free look at the individual game and future of forward prospect Derek Johnson, who recently played in the Mary Kline Memorial All Star game ...

Derek Johnson, a 6-foot-5 forward prospect from Burlington County Institute of Technology in Westhampton, New Jersey, has shown some solid athletic ability competing this past season.

Derek competed in teh Mary Kline Memorial All Star game held at The Pennington School in New Jersey at the end of May.

Recruiting expert Alex Kline, who did a tremendous job in honoring the memory of his mother, shared his thoughts on Derek Johnson's individual game:

"Derek is an athletic freak with an amazing vertical," said Kline. "The high flyer can play the 2, 3 and 4 in college and he had a bigger body.

"Johnson has a good shot and is able to lock up on a defender who is bigger than him. He needs to get quicker and finish consistently when he heads to the division two level."

PREVIOUS EVALUATION REPORT: Derek is now tougher to handle in the paint and around the basket.

WHAT MATT PAULS SAYS ABOUT THE INDIVIDUAL GAME OF DEREK JOHNSON:

"He's now a legit 6-foot-5. He's attacking the rim more effectively, burying jumpers, attracting major division one programs.

"He's made so much progress in his individual game so it's not surprising more schools are getting interested in him."

PREVIOUSLY REPORTED:

Derek first caught the eye of many when he had an impressive college camp held at St. Joe's in Philadelphia, Penn. during the summer of 2009. He competed for NJABC for the 16 and under program at some summer events last year.

Derek has some perimeter range to 12 feet but is currently a more productive and effective in the paint and near the basket.

Derek can rebound and works hard close to the rim.


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