Wing Forward Hoping To Have Big Season

Reporter Mike Sullivan provides a detailed, player profile look at the individual game of a wing forward who has made much progress in his individual game over the past year ...

PLAYER PROFILE: Kenny Johnson

HEIGHT: 6-foot-3 1/2

WEIGHT: 179 Pounds

POSITIONS: Small Forward

PREVIOUS HIGH SCHOOL: Abington Friends School in Jenkinstown, Pennsylvania

AAU PROGRAM THIS PAST SUMMER AND FALL: Team Phenom out of basketball rich Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

NEW CLASS: Kenny graduated high school last year and was reclassified to the class of 2012.

DESCRIPTION OF KENNY JOHNSON'S INDIVIDUAL GAME:

Johnson will battle the bigger bodies in the paint. Johnson averaged over five rebounds per contest last season.

AAU TEAM:

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 due to Gripper's hard work.

"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."

SUMMER PROGRESS:

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.

TOP GAMES FOR 2010-2011 HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL SEASON:

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 last 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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