East Coast Prospect Has Solid Summer of Play

Reporter Mike Sullivan takes a detailed look at the individual game and summer progress of hard working forward/guard prospect Kenny Johnson, who competed for Team Phenom over the past few months ...


HEIGHT: 6-foot-3 1/2

WEIGHT: 177 Pounds

POSITIONS: Small Forward/shooting guard

HIGH SCHOOL: Abington Friends School in Jenkinstown, Pennsylvania

AAU PROGRAM: Team Phenom out of basketball rich Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

CLASS: Kenny graduated high school in June of 2011. However, Johnson has been reclassified to the class of 2012.


Johnson is a difficult wingman to defend near the basket since he is tenacious and not afraid to tangle with the bigger bodies in the paint. Johnson averaged over five rebounds per contest showing his ability to be an effective player near the rim.


Team Phenom, a program based out of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and coached by Paul Gripper, is considered one of the better basketball AAU programs in the country.

"He's always been a top player for us, helping us win many games," said Coach Gripper. "He is a hard worker, plays tough near the rim, much bigger than his size."


Johnson produced 15 points in a recent local league game, showing his strength also on the boards, collecting eight rebounds.

Previously, Kenny scored 15 points to help Team Phenom to the Silver championship at the Bigshots event held in Washington, D.C. during the last few days of July.

In addition, Johnson delivered 19 points for Team Phenom in a tournament game played in Washington, D.C. Team Phenom lost to the host DC Assault, 58-57.

In addition, Kenny scored 20 points to help his team, Jrue Holiday, upend Team Nate, 66-59, in a Chosen League game held in Philadelphia.

Johnson also pulled down six rebounds and had two steals in the victory.


Kenny scored 12 points and grabbed six rebounds in a rough defeat to Friends Central, 55-50, in a physical playoff battle.

Previously, Johnson produced 10 points and grabbed seven rebounds to help his high school team defeat Westtown, 48-42.

Kenny averaged 13 points a game during the 2010-2011 boy's basketball campaign, playing for a program that competed against a tough schedule of teams.

Johnson also produced 23 points and grabbed five rebounds to help defeat a talented Trenton Catholic boy's basketball program. For his outstanding effort, Johnson was named the most valuable player.

In another key game this season, Johnson produced 25 points, scoring near the rim consistently, to help AFS defeat Life Center, a team filled with division one prospects.

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